Patients at Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation have new reason to feel great about their care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invited Lake Regional to contribute to a guide that will help cardiac rehab programs throughout the United States improve their care.
“Of specific interest to the CDC were our approach to standardization, our processes and our department’s engagement with Lake Regional leadership,” said Jennifer Newman, R.N., BSN, cPT, director of Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. “As a contributor, we are on a short list with some amazing centers across the country. It gives me an enormous sense of pride to share the successes of this department with a national audience.”
The guide, “Cardiac Rehabilitation: Change Package,” is part of The Million Hearts® Action Guide series. According to The Million Hearts website, this series “provides clinicians, employers, and public health practitioners with evidence-based strategies for improving cardiovascular health. Each guide offers action steps and features proven tactics to help more Americans live heart-healthy, stroke-free lives.”
Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation tools and resources were used in 11 separate areas of the guide, which is available as an electronic toolkit and soon to be available as a printed manual.
Cardiac rehab at Lake Regional is a three-phase program that includes consultation and monitoring by a registered nurse, exercise physiologist and registered dietitian. Throughout the phases, patients learn about their medications, diet and how to exercise safely. Patients do not have to have a Lake Regional physician to participate in the program.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialists, including for cancer care, heart care and orthopedics. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.