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Broadlawn Manor Launches New Cardiac Rehabilitation Service -- “THE PURPLE HEART PROGRAM”
(September 16, 2011) Gerard Kaiser, Vice President of Senior Services for Broadlawn Manor is pleased to offer a new and innovative Cardiac Program benefitting countless members of our community who may encounter heart conditions during their lifetime. Individuals experiencing diagnoses such as congestive heart failure, heart attack, arrhythmia, angina or recovering from a cardiac procedure or surgery that require hospitalization will be able to improve their ability to return to normal activities by enrolling in the “Purple Heart Program” following their discharge from the hospital. Broadlawn Manor is an affiliate of North Shore-LIJ Health System and is delighted to parallel their focus of providing world class cardiac surgery in Suffolk County by providing the best in cardiac rehabilitation.
Mr. Kaiser stated “extensive research has been done during the past eighteen months revealing that patients, who participate in a cardiac program following the specific protocols Broadlawn Manor is implementing, demonstrate a 20% reduction in hospitalizations following the occurrence.” Mr. Kaiser further revealed the substantial investment Broadlawn Manor has made in staff training and education as well as purchasing state-of-the-art equipment including
hi-tech treadmills, recumbent elliptical trainers, special cardiac beds and vital sign monitors to support close monitoring and observation of participants heart rate, blood pressure and pulse prior to, during, and post cardiac exercise.
Broadlawn Manor recognizes that cardiac rehabilitation is proven to make a difference in patients' lives as they develop the tools and education to commit to a healthy heart lifestyle. Each patient will have a program that is designed to meet their individual needs. Our cardiac rehabilitation team includes physicians, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, and social workers. Of course, as Mr. Kaiser stated, “the most important member of the team is the patient. Patients will be instructed on the tools of self assessment, provided educational information on lifestyle changes and disease management, learn to identify signs and symptoms, discover healthy dietary choices and experience the emotional support and confidence to increase function, reduce risk factors and ultimately improve their quality of life.“
Broadlawn Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an outstanding facility with a long history of providing quality care and innovative programs for our community. Dr. Raman Kumar, renowned cardiologist for the region, is delighted to hear that Broadlawn Manor will be providing state-of- the-art cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Kumar stated “the goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help you regain strength, to prevent your condition from worsening and to reduce your risk of future heart problems. Both the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend cardiac rehabilitation programs.”
Mary Jeanne Corea