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JPMC: Pulmonary Rehab Earns Certification

Jane Phillips Medical Center officials were recently notified that the hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation program had earned a prestigious certification.  The program is one of only 168 to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). It is the certified program in the state of Oklahoma.

Program coordinator Dee Winters said the honor was made possible due to the efforts of JPMC’s hard-working staff and the support of program director Dr. Mark Myers.

“We are very proud of this achievement because it recognizes our commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care,” Winters said.

JPMC’s pulmonary rehab program began in 2010. It is designed to assist those with pulmonary difficulties recover and improve faster. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. As part of the certification process, JPMC’s program underwent extensive documentation of the programs' practices.

JPMC’s Cardiac Rehab program was certified by AACVPR in 2013.  Accreditation of both the cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs validates that best practices are being followed and optimal care is provided to patients explained manager of wellness services Dawn Lundwall.

“Our patients appreciate the expertise afforded to them and the compassionate manner in which the staff relates to each patient individually,” Lundwall said.

AACVPR 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.

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.  

“JPMC is thrilled to work alongside the great organization that is AACVPR to help make people aware of these under-utilized services that are proven to decrease mortality rates and improve quality of life,” Lundwall said.

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