Mercy Health - West Hospital's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs Earn Key Certifications

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has certified West Hospital's cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. These certifications recognize the programs' commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

"Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs help people with cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery and pulmonary problems including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory symptoms recover faster and improve their quality of life," said Michael Kramer, Mercy Health West Market President and CEO. "Our programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families, all delivered by a team that works together to help our patients be well and get back to enjoying their lives."

West Hospital's cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs 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 professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

West Hospital joins The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital in holding cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program certifications. Mercy Health - Anderson and Clermont hospitals hold the cardiac rehabilitation program certification.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years. Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.