Date: 9/1/2000

Cardiad rehab program at Community Hospital meets high criteria for AACVPR certification

In the wake of learning it is one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care, The Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., has earned another heart-related honor. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., has been awarded program certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet strict requirements for standards of care.

The Community Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness; reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse; control cardiac symptoms, stabilize and/or improve the patient’s condition; and enhance the patient’s quality of life. Another important part of this program teaches lifestyle modifications so heart patients can stop or at lease slow the disease process.

“This certification tells our patients and prospective cardiac rehab clients that we have all the components in place to provide expert cardiac rehabilitation care,” says Rose Mary Wasielewski, director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Community Hospital. “While we have worked very hard for this certification, we are also honored to receive it.”

The AACVPR is a national, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and the patients they serve.

To achieve program certification, the hospital provided documentation on how patients are assessed, diet, risk factor assessment, and how to set up a plan of care. In addition, the AACVPR evaluated the hospital’s compliance with emergency procedures and preparedness, staff qualifications, patient education, and even the way cardiac monitoring equipment is maintained.

“They have left nothing overlooked, and as a result, our program has been exposed to reveal a high standard of care. We are pleased to be recognized with this certification,” Wasielewski said.


Since the cardiac rehabilitation program at the hospital opened in May of 1986, more than 3,200 patients have been treated there. Phase II of the program - the part that is analyzed for certification - offers treatment for people who have experienced heart attack, open heart or bypass surgery, stable angina, congestive heart failure, valve replacement, rhythm abnormalities, and other heart-related illnesses. A person does not have to be a patient of Community Hospital to enroll in the cardiac rehabilitation program.

The program consists of four phases. In phases I and II, the patient receives treatment at the hospital. Phases III and IV are for patients who continue their care and exercise program at The Community Hospital’s Fitness PointeSM fitness center. For more information on any phase of cardiac rehabilitation care, please contact The Community Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, 219-836-4526.