Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Celebrates 20 Years
Winchester Hospital’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program has helped thousands of area residents get back to a better quality of life over the last two decades.
The program, which is located at the Family Medical Center, 500 Salem St. in Wilmington, celebrated its 20-year anniversary on Tuesday, Feb. 25 with a cake-cutting ceremony surrounded by more than 25 current and former patients. One patient, Ralph Rubenstein, has been attending the program twice a week since its inception two decades ago.
“They have greatly helped me over the years,” the North Reading resident said. “And because of the superb staff, I’m a lot healthier because I come here.”
For patients who require cardiac fitness, the rehabilitation offers structured, full-phase cardiac rehabilitation services designed to help patients achieve a healthy level of cardiac fitness following bypass surgery, heart attack or other heart conditions.
“Winchester Hospital recognized the importance of this program and its benefit to patients,” said Paul Radvany, MD, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation. “Patients don’t just improve their physical fitness; they also live longer with cardiac rehabilitation.”
The pulmonary rehabilitation services improve the well-being of patients with chronic respiratory problems. The program helps people who have been diagnosed with breathing problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
“Patients with heart and lung disease have a chance for a new life through rehabilitation,” said Michael Zaslow, MD, medical director of pulmonary rehabilitation. “They gain strength through exercise, giving them a renewal of hope.”
The office of State Rep. Jim Miceli (D-Wilmington) presented a citation to program leaders honoring the 20 years of commitment to the community.
“We offer a sincere thank you to this entire program for all it has done for Winchester Hospital patients, the community of Wilmington and beyond,” said David Robertson, legislative aide to Miceli.
Throughout its 20 year history, the program has helped thousands of patients improve their lives and stay out of the hospital.
“With this program, we’re focused on keeping patients healthy,” said Sean Ahern, director of Cardiopulmonary Services. “Patients who enter the program can safely exercise under the supervision of professional staff and learn about effective ways to exercise to stay healthy and out of the hospital.”
To learn more about the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, visit www.winchesterhospital.org/rehabservices
About Winchester Hospital
Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.