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McKenzie Health System Reopens Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Respiratory Care Team

Respiratory Care Team (l to r): Jennifer Anderson, BS, RRT; Erin Lipka, Cardiopulmonary Manager, BAS, RRT; Trisha Perry, BAS, RRT; and Kathleen Ross, RRT

McKenzie Health System is excited to announce the return of their Cardiac Rehabilitation Program effective May 26, 2020. This service supports those recovering from heart surgery, transplants, congestive heart failure, and other serious issues. This program originally launched last fall, but it was temporarily paused as COVID-19 hit the state. The restart date for pulmonary rehabilitation, which helps those with chronic lung disease, will be announced soon.

Both medically supervised programs include a focus on the “road to recovery” including pain management, diet and exercise, stress management, medication and more. Designed to increase heart and/or lung health, the rehabilitation programs promote health and wellness, manage risk factors and tackle everyday sources of stress. They both take place at the hospital campus.

“A solid rehab program can make all the difference in the world when it comes to a patient’s recovery and overall wellness, so we are incredibly proud to offer holistic options for both cardiac and pulmonary rehab,” said Medical Director Dr. James L. Sams of McKenzie Health System, who is directing both programs. “These programs help people increase their quality of life, return to work, control symptoms, and prevent future issues.”

As part of the heightened safety protocols implemented at the hospital, patients will be screened and asked to wear a mask. If a patient does not have a mask, they will be provided one. McKenzie staff members are also screened every day upon entering the building and are required to wear masks when unable to maintain social distancing and when working with patients.

To learn more or sign up for cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, please contact McKenzie Health System at 810-648-0577.

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