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Lexington Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Receives Prestigious Certification

AACVPR Recognizes Programs That Demonstrate Excellence in Care

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs have received prestigious certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification demonstrates that Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac 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 offers cardiac rehabilitation at the main hospital campus in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington. Each facility received the certification through a separate application process.

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

“This national certification ensures that our cardiac rehabilitation programs provide all of the required components to assist patients in achieving these goals,” said John Leech, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. “Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center is a comprehensive program with 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.

There are three phases of cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. Phase 1 takes place while patients are still in the hospital after a recent cardiac event, surgery or procedure. It includes education on the anatomy of the heart, a description of their procedure or surgery and risk factors that lead to heart disease. Phase 2 is the outpatient program and it includes exercise, education, nutrition and psychosocial elements that patients follow for three months.  Patients attend classes for 3 days per week for approximately 12 weeks. Phase 3 is a maintenance program of exercise and education that some patients continue for years.

Studies show that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation have a 46 percent reduction in mortality compared with non-participants. They often report reduction in symptoms, increased energy, better cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improvements in blood pressure, improved sleep and a quicker return to work and leisure activities.

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

While Lexington Medical Center has offered cardiac rehabilitation for more than twenty years, the hospital began offering a full range of cardiovascular services including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty in 2012. The cardiovascular program is affiliated with Duke Medicine.  For more information, visit www.lexmed.com


Guest Blog: My Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City

By: Nick Powell, Irmo Fire Department

Lexington Medical Center will present the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk on Friday, September 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Vista. The event honors Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11, 2001. That day, Siller was off duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1 saving lives. Tunnel to Towers is a national program that champions our heroes. T2T Logo

Last year, I was one of three chosen to go to New York City to run in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K New York race. I was honored to represent South Carolina on what would become the trip of a lifetime.

South Carolina’s historical relationship with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and our close connection with Ladder 101 made the run a unique experience. White Knoll Middle School and the citizens of our community donated a fire truck to Ladder 101 after the company’s truck was lost in the 9/11 attacks.

When we landed in New York for the race in September of 2012, eleven years after the attacks, firefighters from FDNY, Ladder 1, picked us up at the airport. They took us to the fire station in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where we stayed for three nights. The first responders at the firehouse took great care of us; we ate like kings! We toured the Hudson Bay on Marine 6, a FDNY fireboat. Later, we toured the city and other firehouses, and met many firefighters who lost fellow first responders and friends during 9/11.


On race day, we were humbled and inspired by our stay in New York and ready to run. The 5K started in front of FDNY Ladder 101. We suited up in full bunker gear and set out with the American flag and the South Carolina flag. The three of us took turns with each flag and ran all the way to the end – never stopping. Running in Stephen’s footsteps, we passed true American heroes who were severely wounded in war. We cheered them on and yelled U.S.A. all the way through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. When we got out of the tunnel, spectators lined the streets cheering us on and waving American flags. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk New York was amazing and it showed me that there are still good people in America; people who don’t forget (9/11)

Help us honor the memory of the fallen. Support first responders and military families and run with us on September 6 at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk, presented by Lexington Medical Center, right here in Columbia.


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