HATTIESBURG, Miss. (August 17, 2021) – Forrest General Hospital is proud to announce the re-certification of its cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of Forrest General Hospital’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to 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.
To earn accreditation, Forrest General Hospital’s cardiovascular/pulmonary 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.
In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
About Forrest General Hospital Cardio/Pulmonary Department
Located in the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza, the LiveWell Center Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Forrest Health is a multiphase program designed to guide cardiac and pulmonary patients through the trauma and lifestyle changes that heart and lung disease can bring. The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs are administered by a multidisciplinary team. The benefits of both programs are improvements in symptoms, increased exercise tolerance, improvement in lipids and blood pressure, better management of blood sugar, better management of stress and anxiety, steps toward tobacco cessation, improvement in quality of life, reduction of hospitalizations, and meeting and talking with other patients.
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.