DEMOREST, Ga. – The Cardiac Rehabilitation (Rehab) Program at Habersham Medical Center (HMC) has received its three-year accreditation and recertification by the American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).   
“Cardiac rehabilitation and prevention teaches individuals about their disease, symptoms, and management, and helps individuals with heart disease to improve their risk factors,” says Dr. F. Stuart Sanders, medical director of the HMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program.  “As a leader in the field of wellness and rehabilitation, HMC enrolls approximately 125 patients annually in cardiac and pulmonary rehab. As a hospital-based program, our patients are under the supervision of board certified specialists and other qualified and experienced medical professionals.”
According to Lisa Reiss, RN and director of the HMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program, “Our program has been helping patients for more than 29 years and was one of the first programs in the nation to be certified by the AACVPR.  Dr. Sanders also served on the AACVPR certification committee for a number of years and served as president of the AACVPR’s Heart and Lung Foundation, so his influence and expertise in this field are known not only regionally but throughout the nation.”

The mission statement of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management. Certified programs are reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for care.
For more information about the HMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program, call (706) 754-3113, ext. 2455 or email lreiss@hcmcmed.org.