Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 7, 2013

CMC CP/R gets certified


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac & Pulmonary rehabilitation programs by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab programs of CMC were recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD, respiratory symptoms) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

The Cumberland Medical Center Cardiac & Pulmonary rehabilitation programs participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR board of directors.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years. Ed Anderson, CEO of Cumberland Medical Center says, “CMC is proud of the dedicated cardiac and pulmonary rehab team of nurses and physicians who are committed to providing quality care in this setting.  Our patients appreciate the expertise afforded to them and the compassionate manner in which the staff relates to each patient individually.“

The programs began at Cumberland Medical Center back in 1993 and have been providing quality rehabilitation services to the community since their inception. The program has served thousands in the community and even inspired the formation of the CPR Alumni, Inc. organization, a non-profit group that raises money to help pay for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab for those who are uninsured or underinsured in the local community. The Registered Nurse Supervisor of the program, Ashley Trambley, RN, BSN spoke to the importance of Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, “These programs are designed to provide holistic care for those with cardiac and pulmonary diseases and help the participants and their families through a time that can be extremely challenging and uncertain. These services are extremely underutilized, and we are thrilled to work alongside the great organization that is AACVPR to help make people aware of these services that are proven to decrease mortality rates and improve quality of life.”

For more information on the Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services at Cumberland Medical Center, please call 931-459-7379.

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.