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Silver Cross Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives Certification

Joliet, IL (October 24, 2011)— The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Silver Cross Hospital has been re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for the next three years. This certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet strict requirements for standards of care.

The goals of Silver Cross’ Cardiac Rehabilitation Program are to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac disease; control cardiac symptoms; reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse; stabilize and/or enhance the patient’s condition; and improve the patient’s quality of life. Another significant aspect of this program teaches lifestyle modifications so heart patients can stop or at least slow the disease process.

“This certification tells our patients that we have all the components in place to provide excellent cardiac rehabilitation care,” said Brendan Casey, Manager of Cardiovascular Services at Silver Cross.

To achieve program certification, the hospital provided documentation on how patients are assessed, diet, risk factor assessment, and how to set up a plan of care. In addition, the AACVPR evaluated the hospital’s compliance with emergency procedures and preparedness, staff qualifications, patient education, and even the way cardiac monitoring equipment is maintained.  In addition, the AACVPR evaluated the hospital’s compliance with emergency procedures and preparedness, staff qualifications, patient education, and even the way cardiac monitoring equipment is maintained.

“The AACVPR was extremely thorough in their review of our program and we are thrilled to receive such an honor recognizing the high standard of care we provide to our patients,” said Casey.

Silver Cross’ experienced rehabilitation team is dedicated to helping patients regain their independence and reclaim a healthy, active lifestyle following a cardiac event. During phase 1 of the rehabilitation process, specialized nurses and exercise physiologists assist hospitalized patients with active and passive exercise programs and provide education on risk factor modification as an adjunct to the education provided by the staff nurses who care for them on the floor. In phase 2, patients go to the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Cardiovascular Institute after discharge and participate in a closely supervised, 36-session workout program that involves cardiac exercise, strength training and stretching. In phase 3, patients begin an ongoing exercise program to maintain and improve their quality of life. Participation in Phase 2 & 3 requires a physician order.

One of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation, Silver Cross’ cardiology program features two dedicated cardiac catheterization suites, a 64-slice CT scanner for improved visualization of the heart, a full range of diagnostic testing, and the services of 38 cardiovasular disease specialists. The Keck Emergency Care Pavilion at Silver Cross also features a certified Chest Pain Center. Any patient who comes to the Emergency Department complaining of chest pain is immediately placed in a specially monitored bed. Silver Cross also offers an aggressive heart disease prevention program that consists of regular cardiovascular screenings and classes on topics such as aerobic and strength training, smoking cessation, blood pressure management, diabetes, weight loss and more.

About AACVPR
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is a national, multi-displinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and the patients they serve. The mission of the AACVPR is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management. For more information about AACVPR visit www.aacvpr.org

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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