The Fairview Lakes Medical Center pulmonary rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps people with breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), recover faster and improve their quality of life. It involves exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and families.
Certified programs are recognized because they offer the most advanced practices and undergo an extensive recertification process every three years.
“Certification means that we adhere to essential clinical standards and guidelines and promote a culture of quality patient care,” said Fairview Lakes respiratory care manager Jackie Cummings. “Physicians can refer patients to us with confidence, knowing that we can be an extension of their care.”
Cummings said certification also offers peace of mind to patients and families, who can be confident the staff has the necessary experience and skills to deal with issues arising from a pulmonary diagnosis.
For patients like Gary Goodman of Chisago City, a lifetime of smoking resulted in chronic breathing problems. As a result, he had become less active. Before taking part in pulmonary rehab at Fairview Lakes, he said, “I wasn’t doing much in my garden, and there were areas where I couldn’t get in to fish.” Now, he says, he has a better garden, fishes more, and has an ongoing exercise routine.
October 20 to 26 is National Respiratory Care Week. To learn more about Fairview’s respiratory care and pulmonary rehabilitation, call Jackie Cummings at 651-982-7886.