Ripon Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program earns certification

Shelly Haberman
Don Wellhouse

Ripon Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of Ripon Medical Center’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with pulmonary concerns (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and live healthier. The programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

To earn accreditation, Ripon Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other related professional societies.

“This certification reinforces the fact that our patients can be confident that the care they receive in cardiac and pulmonary rehab at Ripon Medical Center as we adhere to the most recent guidelines and recommendations set forth by AACVPR,” according to Lacey Bruce, EP, CCRP, Cardiopulmonary Rehab lead.

Bruce is joined by other program colleagues, including: Joe Clayton, Lexi Voss and Isaac Greuel, exercise physiologists, and Michelle Woods, LAT, licensed athletic trainer.

Each program’s application is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Ripon Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services offer individuals an evaluation to determine personal needs and limitations. Pulmonary rehabilitation employees use this information to tailor a program to meet the patient’s specific needs and help set goals.

“A physical activity program is then designed to help participants reach their personal goals and recommended guidelines,” Bruce explains. “Oxygen saturation, shortness of breath level, exertion level and heart rate are monitored during physical activity. Exercise is progressed according to the individual’s tolerance and capacity, gradually increasing to a target goal.”

Professionals also provide counseling and education to help participants understand their condition and how to manage it. Education is offered on topics, such as breathing strategies, respiratory devices, medications, smoking cessation, pulmonary anatomy and physiology and effect of chronic lung disease, nutritional guidelines, coping techniques, and benefits of exercise and maintaining physical activities.

To learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation services at Ripon Medical Center, call (920) 745-3655.

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