OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois

Cardiac Rehabilitation

You can have confidence in the OSF Saint Anthony cardiac rehabilitation program.  It has been awarded Program Certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).  

OSF Saint Anthony Cardiac-Rehab Program is Nationally Accredited This voluntary three-year certification recognizes programs that have been reviewed by the AACVPR national board and found to have met the rigorous requirements for standards of care. Programs that meet the strict standards for national certification demonstrate a strong commitment to safe processes and procedures and reflect a dedication of the cardiac rehabilitation team to high standards of patient care.

The cardiac rehabilitation program is open to individuals who have had open-heart surgery, other cardiac procedures, myocardial infarction (heart attack), or who have risk factors which could lead to cardiovascular disease. The program is designed to teach patients about cardiovascular disease as well as provide structured, supervised exercise. A specially trained staff of nurses, exercise physiologists and dietitians assists each patient through the program. The staff works under the general direction of the referring physician to help restore each patient’s cardiovascular system to its maximum capacity. The overall goal of the cardiac rehabilitation program is to help patients make permanent lifestyle changes to reduce the risk factors for coronary artery disease. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is part of the OSF Regional Heart Institute. The office is located at 444 Roxbury Road – Suite 300, Rockford.

Comprehensive health and lifestyle evaluation

All patients entering Phases II-IV receive a comprehensive health and lifestyle evaluation.

PHASE I is a combination exercise and education program starting immediately after a coronary event, while the patient is still hospitalized.

PHASE II is usually an eight-week outpatient telemetry monitored program for individuals who have experienced open-heart surgery, myocardial infarction (heart attack), valve replacement, angioplasty, coronary stent placement or other cardiac procedures.

This phase is designed to restore the maximum amount of cardiovascular efficiency for each patient.  Included at this phase are classes which teach the patient permanent lifestyle changes.  Regular progress notes are sent to the attending physician and/or cardiologist.

PHASE III-IV is a medically supervised exercise and education program for individuals who have coronary artery disease or who are at least 12 weeks post open-heart surgery, myocardial infarction (heart attack), valve replacement, angioplasty, coronary stent placement or other cardiac procedures.

It is also intended to help those who have significant cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.

Program Admission and Cost

  • After the attending physician signs a referral form, you will be contacted for an initial appointment.
  • The costs of Phases I and II are generally reimbursed by most insurance companies. Please check with your individual plan for coverage.
  • The other phases are provided on a self-pay basis.

If you have any questions regarding the program or insurance reimbursement, please call us at (815)-484-7490.