Smyth County Community Hospital Cardiac Rehab program earns noted certification


MARION, Va.—Smyth County Community Hospital ‘s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has recently received certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) after a two-year documentation and application process. The coveted certification means that the outpatient cardiac services offered at SCCH meet the organization’s strict guidelines for appropriate and effective early outpatient care of cardiac patients.

At SCCH’s state-of-the-art facilities, the Cardiac Rehab program offers cardiac rehabilitation to patients recovering from events such as heart attack, heart valve procedures, catheterization with intervention, stable angina, heart transplant and more. The variety of services now offered at SCCH means that patients in the area can get the high level of care they need locally and be close to home for treatment.

 In 2012, the Cardiac Rehab program served patients with 1837 rehabilitation sessions, a growth of more than five times the 353 sessions offered during 1998, the year after the program was initiated.  The facility’s square footage has been doubled to accommodate this growing patient population and the fact that physicians located in several states now refer patients to the SCCH Cardiac Rehab program.

 “Receiving the accreditation just shines a light on a fact that we already knew, we have one of the best Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs in the area,” said Ruthie Crabtree, manager of Cardio-Pulmonary Services. “It means that patients and family members can feel confident that our staff has the experience and skills necessary to deal with the variety of issues that a life-changing cardiac diagnosis can lead to, and that physicians can refer patients to our certified program with confidence.”

For more information about the Smyth County Community Hospital Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, call 276-378-1330.


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