RMC’s Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation Receives National Certification


Members of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team from left, front row are Colleen Wracker, RD, LD, CDE; Kay Berry, RN, and Terri Rash, RN, BSN. Back row are Theresa Bramblett, CRT, RCP; Vicky Yandle, RN, BSN, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator; and Audrey Hughes, Monitor Tech. (Not pictured is Trudy Wingard, RN, BSN, Director of Cardiology at RMC.)

The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties (RMC) was recently awarded national re-certification for its Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). RMC’s Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

”We are very pleased to receive this recognition of the cardiac rehabilitation services we provide for the community,” commented Trudy Wingard, RN, BSN, Director of Cardiology at RMC. “Cardiac rehabilitation is a vital part of operating a well-rounded, recognized center of excellence for cardiology care.”

The three-year, national certification ensures that RMC’s program meets national quality standards for its services. To receive the certification, the program was judged on its management, personnel, documentation, patient outcomes and patient care.

Wingard noted, “RMC’s Cardiac Rehab staff has extensive experience and knowledge in exercise and education. Their dedication to the participants in the program is evidenced through the many compliments received from them. We continue to receive referrals for our program and look forward to providing this quality service to our community and surrounding areas.”

RMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Vicky Carson, RN, BSN added, “The application process for certification took four months of hard work to complete. RMC’s Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outstanding outpatient program for patients with heart disease, and it is satisfying to receive acknowledgement of our hard work from such a reputable organization as the AACVPR. The Cardiac Rehabilitation department aims to deliver the highest level of service to our community.”

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program at RMC is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem and medical profile. The rehabilitation process is supervised by the patient’s physician and a team of cardiac professionals. The goal of RMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program is to help patients regain and maintain their maximum quality of life through carefully monitored physical conditioning in a supportive environment.


About the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

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.

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