The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department of Culbertson Memorial Hospital has an established program, celebrating 17 years of helping patients who are recovering from heart or lung disease. The mission of the Culbertson’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department has been the same since March 6, 1996 when Cardiac Rehab supervisor Vicki Reedy took care of her first patient. Their mission is to reduce the risk of death from heart and lung disease and help patients resume normal daily activities.
The most obvious benefit of Cardiac Rehabilitation is the physical activity; however, patients also receive emotional benefits from the program. “Patients always feel better walking out the door than when they walked in the door for their exercise program,” said Reedy. The rehabilitation regime improves heart and lung functions, helps control blood pressure and diabetes, and helps those with arthritis stay mobile. A majority of the CMH Cardiac Rehabilitation patients find they have more endurance, breathe easier and even sleep easier as they progress through the program. Cardiac Rehabilitation has proven to be a successful way to help heart patients reach and maintain optimal health.
When you walk through the department doors you will immediately see how bright and cheery the department is. This atmosphere helps lift the spirits of the patients who take part in the program. “You can also sense the feeling of camaraderie between the patients as they are working through their programs. They have a great time and support each other. Sometimes it can even get competitive,” said Reedy. Gerald Sears, a former Cardiac Rehabilitation patient, had only been a patient for two days when he realized how lucky he was to receive these services in Rushville. “They provide such a pleasant atmosphere, it just makes you want to get better,” said Sears.
The difference between Culbertson’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program and other exercise programs is all the monitoring is done by nurses. Each patients program is individually designed and consists of exercise and education. Cindy Smith, CNA works with Reedy to monitor the patient’s heart rates and other vital signs during workouts. Patients usually attend rehab classes two or three times a week. Each one-hour session includes a monitored program for warming up, stretching, exercising, and cooling down. Exercise equipment includes treadmills, rowing machines, arm ergometers, stationary bicycles, free weights and more. Our computerized equipment will monitor your condition throughout each session and will help our staff know exactly how your heart is responding to the exercise. For most patients, the program lasts for 8 – 12 weeks. At the end of that time, you will have the option of enrolling in our maintenance program, which will help you retain the conditioning you have received.
The program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 am until 2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in enrolling in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program, you will need to have a referral from your family physician. Once patients have their referral, Reedy takes the time with each potential patient to check their insurance coverage to come up with the program costs so clients can plan for the program financially.
The cost of Cardiopulmonary is based on each session attended. Medicare generally covers at least 80% of the program; Medicare supplemental insurance policies will usually pay the balance.
Partners for Life
For years, the cardiopulmonary department focused on helping our cardiac and pulmonary clients regain their health through a monitored exercise program. During that time, many of our clients stated other members of their family would benefit greatly from a similar exercise program and our Partners for Life Program was established.
The partners for life program is open to all spouses, significant others, or siblings of current cardiopulmonary patients. The program is not as structured as the cardiopulmonary guidelines; however, it does have its own set of criteria to be followed. Before a client can enter the Partners for Life program, he or she must have a physician authorization and complete an evaluation process. Once the client has completed the evaluation, a member of our staff will educate them about the safe use of the exercise machines and the types of exercise they should be performing.
Partners for Life clients will exercise during our regular operating hours and must have their workout completed and ready to leave at closing time. Cost for the program is $32.00 for the initial evaluation and then $32.00 a month to exercise.
For more information, or to enroll, contact the Cardiopulmonary Department at 217-322-4321, ext. 285.