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Milford Memorial Receives Certification from National Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Organization


The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Bayhealth Milford Memorial has recently received certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The Bayhealth program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by offering the most advanced care practices available.

Bayhealth’s Pulmonary Rehab program primarily serves patients with a diagnosis of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease which can make breathing very difficult. Many of these patients need oxygen on a regular basis.

Bayhealth patients complete 36 sessions of pulmonary therapy designed to improve their ability to breathe more efficiently; walk longer distances without shortness of breath; and manage the symptoms of this disease. Pre- and post-entry testing provides an objective assessment of the patient’s progress.

Pulmonary rehabilitation has components of initial and ongoing assessment, collaborative self-management education, exercise training, psychosocial support, and outcomes measurement.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is not a “one size fits all” comprehensive therapy for the patient with chronic obstructive disease. Instead, it is individualized to the particular problems and needs of the patient, requiring collaboration among the patient and an interdisciplinary team of professionals.

“Certification from AACVPR recognizes that our policies, procedures, and outcomes are meeting national standards,” said Dr. Michel R. Samaha, Bayhealth critical care physician and medical director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Bayhealth Kent General received this certification in 2012.

To make an appointment at one of Bayhealth’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Centers, call 302-744-7095 in Dover, and 302-430-5706 in Milford. To learn more, visit bayhealth.org.

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.

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