Bronson Battle Creek Patients Take Virtual Tours Of The World - Bronson Healthcare

Published on April 23, 2014

Bronson Battle Creek Patients Take Virtual Tours Of The World

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patients at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) spent 12 weeks scuba diving from shipwreck to shipwreck in the Great Lakes. The diving was not literal, but was part of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Challenge sponsored by BBC pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation departments.

Starting in mid-January, 72 patients participated in the 12-week challenge by using treadmills, cycles, stair climbers, recumbent steppers and rowing machines at the BBC cardiac pulmonary rehab gym. Participants consist of patients who have completed phase two of their rehab and are continuing into phase three of their maintenance program.

“For every ten minutes of exercise, the patient received credit in virtual nautical miles,” said Deborah Pierce, BC, RRT, pulmonary rehabilitation specialist at BBC. “The intent is to provide motivation and fun to all cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients and to encourage them to continue with their exercise that was started in their initial program of instruction.”

Participants exercised two to three times per week in order to meet the goal of 1,200 nautical miles passing through all the great lakes to reach the final shipwreck in Lake Huron. Participants were given a trip card each week on which they record their progress. The staff at BBC keep track on a large wall map so everyone can see the patients’ progress. Along the way patients were awarded tokens for arrival at each shipwreck.

Now in its tenth year, past challenges included walking from south west Michigan to the Mackinac Bridge, cruising America’s highway on Route 66, floating around the world in hot air balloons, sailing the Caribbean, strolling the Great Wall of China, climbing Mount Everest and dog sledding the Iditarod Trail. Last year the challenge included traveling the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail.

The BBC pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation departments are certified by The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The pulmonary program serves those who suffer from chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis. The cardiac rehab program serves patients recovering from a heart attack or heart procedure such as stenting, cardiac bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement, heart transplant, angina and heart failure.

To learn more about the BBC pulmonary program call (269) 245-8438 and for information on the BBC cardiac rehabilitation program call (269) 245-8188 or visit