• Opelousas General Health System Earns American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilit

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    July 27, 2020
    Opelousas, LA, July 22, 2020 – Opelousas General Health System is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of OGHS’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.
    Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, coronary stents, angioplasty and congestive heart failure) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and live healthier.  Both programs include telemetry monitored exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
    To earn accreditation, OGHS’ Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program participated in an application process that requires extensive 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. 
    We are committed to serve the cardiopulmonary needs of our community and I commend the staff for their un-waivered dedication.  OGHS received initial certification in 1999.  This year marks our 8th recertification,” said Dr. J.Y. Bordelon, Pulmonologist and Medical Director of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department.  
    In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
    About Opelousas General Health System:  Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards.  Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment.  Serving as the region's referral medical center, OGHS is a 207-bed, full service medical center, and the area's most comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology. Visit us at www.opelousasgeneral.com
    About AACVPR 
    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 www.aacvpr.org.

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    Deanna Lejeune, Community Relations
    deannalejeune@opelousasgeneral.com, (337) 948-3011

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