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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs Receive Prestigious Certification

Two of Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs and the hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation program have received prestigious certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification demonstrates that LMC’s cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are aligned with current evidence-based medicine and guidelines for appropriate and effective outpatient care of patients with cardiac issues.

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs at the main hospital campus and at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington received the certification. Cardiac Rehabilitation in Irmo just opened last year and must wait until next year to apply. Lexington Medical Center also achieved certification for its pulmonary rehabilitation program at the main hospital campus.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help patients recover from cardiac incidents, such as heart attack, stents or bypass surgery, and to help prevent another cardiac incident by developing healthy lifestyle habits through education and support.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic respiratory conditions. Using exercise and education, it enables patients to increase their strength and endurance, improve their breathing and reduce shortness of breath. The program also helps them deal with the anxiety and depression often associated with living with chronic respiratory conditions.

“This national certification ensures that our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs provide all of the required components to assist patients in achieving these goals,” said John Leech, manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. “Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center are comprehensive programs with exercise, education, motivation and support that leads to the best possible outcomes.”

AACVPR-certified programs are awarded program certification after an extensive application process that details the program’s structure, individualized care plans, staff competencies and outcomes measurement. Certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

“We’re meeting a high level of patient care,” said Lesa Naughton, clinical coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington. “Cardiac rehabilitation saves lives.”

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Perrie Ryan, MD

Lexington Medical Center proudly welcomes Perrie Ryan, MD, to its network of care. He joins the board-certified physicians and highly skilled nurse practitioners at Lexington Oncology to offer innovative and comprehensive hematology and medical oncology services.

Perrie Ryan, MD

Perrie Ryan, MD

Board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, Dr. Ryan is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association. He most recently served as a hematologist/oncologist at Wellmont Blue Ridge Medical Specialists in Johnson City, Tennessee, and as a consultant at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee.

In addition to his work in the clinical setting, Dr. Ryan has conducted several research studies, including evaluating the effectiveness of second and third line treatment for locally advanced/metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and assessing the impact on survival of emergency department presentation of patients ultimately diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer at a single institution.

Dr. Ryan is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and completed his internal medicine internship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Ryan went on to complete his internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ryan is accepting new patients. For more information, visit