Starr Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Recertified by Industry Leader

November 19, 2014

Athens, Tennessee – Starr Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the recertification of its cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Starr Regional was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

The recertification is the result of a lot of teamwork and individual efforts, according to Betsy Hawkins, RN, Supervisor of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.  “The Center not only passed all qualifications for recertification, it demonstrated excellence in each area surveyed, including policies and standards, equipment and staff.”  

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center was founded in June of 1997 following a community assessment survey which clearly demonstrated a need for the service. Dr. Richard Sharpe, internal medicine specialist, has been medical director of the Center since its inception.

The Starr Regional Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. 

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.