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Renown cardiac program achieves certification, positive results



Mark Bettosini - Photo Credit - Jeff DowHaving to learn to walk again and return to an active lifestyle, 46-year-old Aerospace Engineer, Mark Bettosini can identify with the recently recognized Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Renown Health’s Institute for Heart & Vascular Health.

After having his left leg amputated above the knee due to peripheral artery disease, or PAD (a narrowing of blood vessels), and later being treated for a heart attack at Renown Health, Bettosini has experienced first hand the techniques and applications the program offers.

“Each patient’s program is specifically designed to suit his or her needs—something essential to Mark’s success,” said Karen Page, RN, CRNS, cardiac rehabilitation at Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health. “In Mark’s case, the program was adjusted to fit his comfort level with the equipment.”

Becoming more active after his heart attack through Renown’s cardiac rehab program was important to Bettosini for several reasons. In addition to being a safe place to exercise, the program helped him get better at prolonged activity with his prosthetic leg.

“When I lost my leg, it took months before I was comfortable on the prosthetic, learning to stand and walk,” he said. “Cardiac rehab helped me gain confidence with my leg.”

Earlier this month, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) recognized that same rehab program for meeting the standards and guidelines of the AACVPR program certification.

AACVPR program certification is recognized as the standard for quality in cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary approach to patient care involving nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, and other health care providers in improving the quality of life for those with cardiac problems or respiratory disease.

The application process for the certification covers all areas of cardiac rehabilitation services. To apply and be certified is a choice that healthcare organizations like Renown Health make to demonstrate essential standards of quality patient care.

“The Cardiac Rehab Team takes great pride in receiving this certification, which is a validation of the excellent work we do everyday for our patients,” Page said. “We plan to continue to work hard to provide the kind of care that this certification represents because it is simply who we are. I have worked with this team of exceptional staff for years and have consistently seen the type of job performance that the AACVPR recognition commends.”

The mission of the AACVPR is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management.

(Photo: Jeff Dowe)

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