Bronson Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Re-certified

November 09, 2010


Bronson’s Phase II Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation recently earned 2010 re-certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is restricted to rehabilitation programs that demonstrate excellent service and care to cardiac patients and their families. Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is defined as a supervised and monitored out-patient program that begins a few days after discharge from the hospital. Phase I cardiac rehabilitation occurs while a patient is still in the hospital. Bronson’s program was first certified by AACVPR in 2001 and was re-certified in 2003 and again in 2007.


The cardiac rehabilitation program, located in the Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center at 6789 Elm Valley Drive in Texas Township, is for anyone who has experienced a recent cardiac event, including heart attack, heart surgery, chest pain or cardiac stent/balloon angioplasty. Designed by cardiologists, Bronson’s cardiac rehabilitation program is tailored to each patient’s condition and includes monitored exercise, dietary counseling, risk factor education and more. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to restore the patient quickly and safely to a normal life and activity level. A physician referral and appointments are required for cardiac rehabilitation services.


Cardiac Care at Bronson


At Bronson, teams of cardiac specialists are on staff 24/7, ready to diagnose and treat both adults and children. Cardiothoracic and vascular services include prevention and education, early detection, minimally invasive procedures, surgical interventions, personalized rehabilitation programs and home telemonitoring. In fact, Bronson Methodist Hospital has received national recognition for quality of care and patient outcomes in cardiac care, such as being designated as a UnitedHealth PremiumSM cardiac specialty center and being awarded the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care (2008). Visit bronsonhealth.com/heart to learn more.


About Bronson Methodist Hospital (bronsonhealth.com)


Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 380 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only five children's hospitals in the state.

A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is currently ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital is a 2005 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and performance excellence.   


In 2009, Bronson received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. It is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2009-10 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and as a recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence award.



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