St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its
Pulmonary Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular
and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). St. Joseph Medical Center was recognized
for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
St. Joseph Medical Center was the first Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Kansas
City to earn AACVPR certification and continue to be the only certified program. 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 improve their quality of life.
Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for
patients and their families.
The St. Joseph Medical Center 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
professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program
Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board
AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular
and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices
available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.