*Hospital is cited for support of statewide education for rehabilitation professionals

Mid Coast Hospital was recently presented the 2004 President’s Award from the Maine Society for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MSCVPR). 

The President’s award is given out each year to one organization that has been instrumental in supporting the mission of the MSCVPR, which is “to improve the clinical practice of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the state of Maine, and to educate and empower the general public on Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health.” 

For many years, Mid Coast Hospital has been a strong supporter of the association and its annual symposium which brings together over 100 respiratory therapists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, and dietitians active in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

"The support the hospital gives to our programs is testament to the value it places on these rehabilitation programs," says Mark Cushman, a registered respiratory therapist, who is president of the Maine society.

According to George Hunter, vice president for administration at the hospital, "Involved employees who are dedicated to their professional association bring the benefits of that involvement to patient care and customer service. An excellent professional association brings colleagues together to encourage each other, for joint training and education, and for supportive networking."

The Mid Coast Hospital cardiopulmonary rehab staff has been active in the MSCVPR since its inception in 1996, and the hospital has been a program sponsor of the annual symposium the last three years and donates staff time to the preparation of the event.

According to Cushman, “We are able to bring in national speakers and see trends and anticipate future developments that all lead to better outcomes and greater safety for our patients. These are as simple as adjusting our blood pressure monitoring and as complex as developing policies for pulmonary rehabilitation for Medicare.”

Both cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs at Mid Coast have received national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation--a designation received in Maine by only ten cardiac programs and six pulmonary programs.

The certification programs include a review of personnel licensure and certifications, policies and procedures, medical records, plans for emergencies, outcome assessments, and patient care.

"Each of these areas is very important and the national certification ensures patients that all areas are carefully monitored," explains Cushman. For the staff it means more than just an annual review. It means quarterly training and retraining in each of the patient care areas that we work in.

The pulmonary rehab program at Mid Coast Hospital is also one of seven satellite sites in Maine for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial, which was the first multi-center clinical trial designed to determine the role, safety, and effectiveness of bilateral lung volume reduction surgery in the treatment of emphysema.

For more information on Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs at Mid Coast Hospital, call 373-6367 or 373-6360.

A nurse, respiratory therapist, and exercise physiologist monitor exercise participants in the spacious Running Start gymnasium at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. The accredited cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program, which includes classroom education, monitored exercise, and an adult fitness program, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Mid Coast Hospital's programs are among ten cardiac and six pulmonary accredited programs in the state.