WMHS Cardiac Rehab Program Certified


The UPMC Western Maryland is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). UPMC Western Maryland was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

This certification demonstrates that the highest level of cardiac rehab services is available in our community,

explains Karen Stair, Director of Cardiovascular Services at UPMC Western Maryland. “Cardiologist Christopher Haas, D.O., and the cardiac rehab team are dedicated to providing patients with the tools they need to get healthy and stay healthy.”

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people who have had a heart attack or coronary artery bypass graft surgery recover faster, improve their quality of life, and prevent future heart attacks. The cardiac rehab program at UPMC Western Maryland includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The UPMC Western Maryland Cardiac Rehab 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 by the AACVPR and other professional societies. The AACVPR Program Certification Committee reviews each program, and the AACVPR Board of Directors awards certification, which is valid for three years.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiac rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

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