Quality | Published August 27, 2019

Mount Nittany Health cardiovascular rehabilitation program certified by industry leader

Mount Nittany Health’s cardiovascular rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of the health system’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) recover faster and live healthier.

“Our community can rely on us for exceptional care, and this recognition is a prime example of our commitment to delivering high quality, safe care, and our focus on putting patients first,” says Kathleen Rhine, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health. “This accolade is an impressive achievement for the entire health system.”

To earn accreditation, Mount Nittany Health’s cardiovascular 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 related professional societies. Each program’s application is reviewed by the AACVPR program certification committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR board of directors.

In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care. AACVPR program certification is valid for three years.

For more information on cardiology services at Mount Nittany Health, visit mountnittany.org.