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Pulmonary rehabilitation program

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at the Regional Medical Center was recertified from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The Regional Medical Center has announced the certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

RMC was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“We are excited to receive national certification for our pulmonary rehabilitation program. This justifies our staff’s dedication to meeting high standards and providing a well-rounded program that helps our patients achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Kay Berry, RN, co-director of Cardiovascular Services at RMC.

Cardiovascular and 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.

At RMC, patients must have a physician referral to participate in the pulmonary rehabilitation program, which typically is 12 to 18 weeks long. “We see patients with diagnoses ranging from COPD and pulmonary fibrosis to pulmonary hypertension and sarcoidosis. We also work with patients who are in pre- and post-lung transplant stages,” said Berry, who is a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional.

“For patients with these conditions, it is important that we offer a certified, comprehensive program aimed at improving their health,” she said.

The program at RMC is staffed with three nurses, a respiratory therapist and a part-time dietitian.

RMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department 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 of Directors.

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.

For more information about RMC’s pulmonary rehabilitation program, call 803-395-2887 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2887) or visit


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