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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Receives National Certification


The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at SoutheastHEALTH has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The certification recognizes Southeast’s commitment to improving patients’ quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to help people with pulmonary issues such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” said Anita Smith, BSN, RN, Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation manager. “Although pulmonary rehabilitation can’t cure lung disease, it can be of great benefit for patients who attain an improved breathing effort and fewer breathing problems. That leads to an improved quality of life.”

The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and families.  Respiratory therapist Tina Kramer, RCP, RRT, BS, educates pulmonary patients on medications, inhaler use, self-care techniques and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by the Association and other professional societies.

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