NORWALK – Fisher-Titus Medical Center recently earned certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Fisher-Titus was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by promoting standards of care. The pulmonary rehabilitation program has been certified through AACVPR since 2015.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pulmonary fibrosis breathe better and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.
The Fisher-Titus 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 application is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and the AACVPR Board of Directors to ensure that “Best Practices” are being met.
The Fisher-Titus pulmonary rehabilitation program saw its first patient in April 2013 and continues to grow to support the community. Pulmonary rehabilitation at Fisher-Titus is a 12-week program, followed by an optional maintenance component. A physician referral is required to enter the program.
“The program’s crucial goal is to improve the quality of life for those living with chronic lung disease. This is accomplished through individualized strength and endurance training, and by providing participants with the skills to manage their symptoms,” said Michele Hale, registered respiratory therapist.
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.
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.