Affinity's cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation programs certified
09 / 26 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
MENASHA, Wis. – The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (ACVPR) has re-certified the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and
Affinity’s cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to control cardiac symptoms, stabilize and/or improve the patient’s condition, reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse, limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness and enhance the patient’s quality of life. Between 240 and 295 cardiac rehabilitation patients are seen at either Mercy Medical Center or
Affinity’s pulmonary rehabilitation programs help pulmonary patients achieve and maintain an individual’s maximum level of independence and functioning in the community. Between 80 and 120 pulmonary rehabilitation patients are seen at the two hospitals.
The ACVPR is an international, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and the advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and the patients they serve.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.