FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: November 16, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has achieved certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Good Samaritan was the first community hospital in Suffolk County to perform primary angioplasty to swiftly open blocked arteries during a heart attack and was the first in the county to offer the combination of primary elective angioplasty and a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Good Samaritan offers comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation for those who suffer from heart disease or have recently undergone heart surgery. Each patient works with an exercise specialist to meet outlined goals. Through a customized program, including supervised and monitored exercise, education and support, Good Samaritan’s cardiac rehabilitation team offers individualized care, support and motivation to help patients live with their condition, overcome fears and make appropriate changes to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
The program includes a 12-week, monitored exercise regimen and educational sessions on topics such as cardiac risk factors, stress management and nutritional recommendations. Educational sessions offer information necessary to make healthier lifestyle choices, to learn how to manage the condition and modify risk factors. Participants attend exercise sessions two to three times per week using treadmills, stationary bicycles and weights. The plan helps patients regain strength, prevents the condition from worsening and reduces the risk of future heart problems. “Cardiac rehabilitation can do a lot to speed recovery and reduce chances of future heart problems,” said Donna McEvoy, RRT, coordinator of the cardiac rehabilitation program.
The certification is based on the achievement of high practice standards, including the caliber of work being performed, as well as staff efficiency, quality assurance programs and adequacy of space. Cardiac rehabilitation can benefit patients who have a medical history that includes heart attack, coronary artery disease, heart failure, angina and coronary bypass surgery. A medical evaluation will determine whether a patient is a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation.
“Cardiac rehabilitation helps rebuild life, both physically and emotionally. It may seem like a lot of time and effort. But as you get stronger and learn how to manage the condition, you’ll likely return to a normal routine and enjoy life more,” said Ms. McEvoy.
If you or a loved one suffer from heart disease or have recently experienced a heart attack, or heart surgery, or have undergone an interventional procedure such as angioplasty or stent placement and would like to find out more about Good Samaritan’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, speak to your physician or call (631) 376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides more than $54 million in community service and charity care each year. The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.