Cardiac rehabilitation at OSF St. Mary Medical Center is a nationally accredited program through the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). In 2006 AACVPR recognized this program as a "Best Practice" in the field of Cardiac Rehabilitation.
The program is located in the Health and Rehabilitation Center where 19,000 square feet is devoted to the physical, educational, lifestyle, and psychological needs of the cardiac patient.
The staff which includes specially trained cardiac nurses and nationally certified exercise specialists will individually design a program for you that is both safe and effective for patients with heart disease.
All staff is required to maintain Advanced Life Support credentials to work in the unit.
The physician referred program will start one to three weeks after hospital discharge, and will last 8 to 12 weeks based on the individual progress of the patient.
The EKG monitored program is commonly known as Phase II cardiac rehab and is covered by medicare and other insurance carriers.
The patient must have the following conditions or diagnosis for coverage during the last 12 months:
- Recent Heart Attack
- Heart Surgery: Coronary By-Pass and heart valve replacement
- Angioplasty and stent placement.
- Heart transplantation
At nominal cost, the patient's spouse can also take advantage of the program.
An exercise program is available for them to get in shape and be with their spouse during this phase of the rehabilitation process.
When the monitored Phase II portion has been completed the patient can maintain their health benefits by participating in the Phase III rehab program.
The program is designed and priced for long term lifestyle adherence.