RMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Receives National Certification by Industry Leader


Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team members, from left, Kay Berry, RN, Program Nurse; Vicky Yandle, RN, BSN, Program Coordinator; Theresa Bramblett, CRT, Respiratory Care Practitioner; Terri Rash, RN, BSN, Program Nurse; and Audrey Hughes, Monitor Tech. Not pictured: Trudy Wingard, RN, BSN, Director of Cardiovascular Services.
The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties (RMC) was recently awarded national certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The RMC CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life for patients by enhancing standards of care.

“Achieving national certification for our pulmonary rehabilitation program demonstrates the dedication of our staff in performing and meeting high standards,” commented Trudy Wingard, RN, BSN, Director of Cardiovascular Services at RMC.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

“We receive many referrals from the Midlands as well as the Lowcountry to our CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation program,” Wingard said. “I am very proud of our staff and our program at RMC, and one of our pulmonary patients was honored as the ‘2014 Patient of the Year’ by the South Carolina Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

RMC’s pulmonary rehabilitation program recently 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.

“Our cardiac rehabilitation program, which is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem and medical profile, is also nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR),” noted Wingard. “Therefore our entire CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation program has the national distinction of AACVPR-certification.”

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.

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