MCHCS Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Earns AACVPR Certification

The Madison County Health Care System’s (MCHCS) Cardiac Rehabilitation Program recently successfully completed the vigorous certification process set forth by the America Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification verifies that the MCHCS program stands out with its approach to patient care and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) required documentation. The application process is arduous and requires that staff “look under every rock” to achieve process excellence.

“This was truly a team effort,” said Health and Rehab Services Director Aaron Richardson. “Our cardiac rehab nurses, Nancy Fiene and Lisa Anderson, put in an incredible amount of hard work to make this possible and I’m very proud of what this certification says about the level of patient care we provide.”

The cardiac rehabilitation program at MCHCS has been certified for well over 15 years prior to the current certification, under the careful guidance of previous program director Becky Paxton. When Paxton sadly passed away in early 2018, the certification briefly lapsed. However, the cardiac rehab staff remained committed to excellent patient care and was determined to continue to grow as a program. The recent certification is a testament to the strength of the legacy Paxton left behind.

The AACVPR certification is good for three years and will be renewed at that time by the same process.