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CGH Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Recertified by Industry Leader

Hospital news | Friday, July 19, 2019

Contact: Rebecca Green

CGH Medical Center is proud to announce the recertification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is in recognition of CGH’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to reduce and control the respiratory symptoms and complications experienced with moderate to severe pulmonary diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. This treatment is accomplished through a program of exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high-quality patient care.

“Our team has years of experience in helping people overcome breathing issues, and we all work extremely hard to help our patients breathe better and feel better,” said Tammy Wilhelms, CGH Director of Pulmonary Services, Sleep and EEG. “Being recertified means we continue to pass all of the tests and audits required by AACVPR. By doing this, our patients can be assured they are being provided with the best possible care and should expect the best possible outcomes for their therapy.”

To earn reaccreditation, CGH Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program participated in an application process that required extensive, continued 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. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

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 improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about AACVPR at