Elk Regional Health Center understands that when patients need care after they’ve experienced a cardiac event, they need – and expect – the best. That’s why, over the last 10 years, Elk Regional has committed itself to providing the very best in cardiac rehabilitation at its Ridgway campus, which is located at 94 Hospital St. in Ridgway.
“We want to give our patients the tools, knowledge and motivation needed to fight the progression of heart disease,” said Yvonne Challingsworth, RN, the director of ERHC’s cardiac rehabilitation department. “Our goal is to stabilize and slow the progression of cardiovascular disease, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, another cardiac event or death.”
Cardiac rehabilitation is recommended for patients with angina pectoris (chest pain due to clogged arteries), patients who have recently had a heart attack, coronary artery bypass or valve surgery, balloon angioplasty or stents, and heart transplant patients. Patients need only a physician’s order in order to take part in Elk Regional’s ’s program.
The cardiac rehabilitation program offered at Elk Regional’s includes a structured exercise program that makes use of ECG telemetry technology, or technology used to remotely monitor a patient’s cardiac condition, while they exercise. Educational materials are also made available. ERHC staff tailor each program specifically to a patient’s individual needs as indicated by their medical history and their personal goals. Participants share their stories and become a support system for each other.
Elk Regional’s cardiac rehabilitation includes:
- counseling so patients can better understand and manage their disease;
- a supervised, progressive exercise program;
- nutritional counseling;
- educational opportunities to help patients learn how they can modify their risk factors for cardiac disease, which include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.
“Because we strive to offer the very best in every single area of care, we give our patients a fighting chance at a strong recovery and a good quality of life,” said Mark Hoffman, PT, the director of ERHC’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services.
In 2008, ERHC’s cardiac rehabilitation program was certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, putting ERHC’s cardiac rehabilitation department in compliance with nationally published guidelines and standards designed to give patients the highest possible level of care.
For more information on ERHC’s cardiac rehabilitation services, call (814) 788-5400.
Photo: Pictured are, from left to right, Yvonne Challingsworth, RN, ERHC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Director and Karen Haramis, RN, a nurse in ERHC’s cardiac rehabilitation division.