Local pulmonary rehab program has been certified

Local pulmonary rehab program has been certified Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center has been awarded program certification for its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Certification recognizes programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs involve a multidimensional continuum of services by interdisciplinary specialists, directed to persons with pulmonary disease and their families. The goal of this team is to achieve and maintain the individuals' maximum level of independence and functioning in the community.

"The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center has improved the quality of life for many people in the surrounding area that are living with lung disease," said Lori Salonen, registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and program coordinator. "Diseases such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis, are just a few that can cause shortness of breath making it very difficult to do daily activities."

The program provides exercise to improve physical capabilities, education to understand lung disease and treatment, and support in developing a positive attitude to lead a healthier and more positive life. The program was developed and implemented by Salonen in October 2001.

Since that time, approximately 20 individuals from the Vermillion area have improved their health and day to day living through completion of the program and the ongoing support provided. Fore more information, contact Salonen at 605-638-8265.

The AACVPR is a national, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and advancement of education for the benefit of pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and the patients they serve.

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