Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

Upland Hills Health is proud to announce the certification of its cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of Upland Hills Health’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and live healthier. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

Lance Maerz, MS, RCEP, CCET, CCRP, Manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Cancer Empowerment Program coordinator at UHH says the certification makes a significant statement.

“With both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs certified, you can trust the team has undergone extensive training, testing, and observation to gain this certification,” Maerz explained. “The programs have proven track records of delivering the most advanced care.

I am proud to be part of these certified programs at UHH. We work hard to stay cutting edge and follow the guidelines. We seek learning opportunities and try progressive therapy strategies. We network with colleagues to learn and share information. Having our programs certified reminds us that this is an exceptional program, we do have great outcomes for our participants and we are safe and effective. It motivates me to continue to provide the best possible care for our participants.”

Cardiac and Pulmonary rehab team at Upland Hills Health

Registered Nurse: Kayla Olson, Respiratory Therapist: Beth Runde; Exercise Physiologists Lance Maerz and Kacie Vergeront

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

AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have a proven track record of high quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years. Upland Hills Health has been certified since 2004.

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