Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Certified by National Program
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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Certified by National Program

BENNINGTON, VT—January 17, 2019—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SVMC was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“Study after study shows that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs live longer and healthier lives,” said Scott Rogge, MD, medical director of SVMC’s Cardiac Rehab program. “This new certification is an assurance that we are meeting the highest standard of care and giving our patients the greatest possible chance to experience those benefits.”

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems—including heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, congestive heart failure, valve replacement, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary stent placement—recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

Of his experience in the program, Brian Keller of North Adams, MA, said, “They really care. I am learning about myself and getting healthy. We are supporting each other and are greatly supported by the program staff.”

The SVMC’s cardiac 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 professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiac rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit

Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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 improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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