In February 1992, the first of thousands walked through the doors of SMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center.
Since that moment, the program has been helping patients regain their strength and get back to their normal, healthy lives through clinically monitored exercise.
The Cardiac Rehab team of Sharon Kadany BSN, RN, Catherine Buckingham, LPN, and Nicole Madison, BSN, RN, have a combined nearly 40-years of experience with the program.
Cardiologist Manish Dadhania, MD, FACC, and John Roselli, RRT, Director, Cardiopulmonary and Neurodiagnostic Services, lead the program which focuses on those who have had cardiac and pulmonary complications.
“Some of our patients have been coming for 25 years,” Kadany said. “There have been a lot of changes, but our goal is always the same — to help the patients strengthen their hearts and bodies.”
The nurses monitor heart rate, breathing, and overall physical reaction to the exercises while the patient is working out.
“Many of our patients are in their 80s and 90s,” Buckingham said. “We have seen younger patients coming in over the years, which proves how important it is to keep your heart healthy.”
Most insurances pay for 24 to 36 visits, but if a patient wants to continue, they can join the Maintenance program and pay monthly, similar to an outside gym, but with medical benefits.
Many patients continue with the program after their mandatory visits are completed.
“We keep it upbeat here,” Kadany said. “We make it a goal of providing a pleasant atmosphere for the patients.”
And it’s that commitment that keeps their patients coming back.
“We enjoy helping our patients get stronger and healthier while having fun,” said Kadany. “It makes us feel good to know they’re feeling better.”
The Cardiac Rehab Department is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
If you or someone you know could benefit from SMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab, call 856-339-6071.