Habersham Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

By: Lindsey Dover  |  04/18/18

For Immediate Release

DEMOREST, GA – The Habersham Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). HMC’s cardiac rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life 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) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

Habersham Medical Center’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 cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.


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.

“Cardiac rehabilitation and prevention teaches individuals about their disease, symptoms, and management.  It (cardiac rehab) helps individuals with heart disease to recognize their risk factors AND to modify those risk factors that CAN be modified, “says Lisa Reiss, RN program coordinator of the HMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program.  “As a leader in the field of wellness and rehabilitation, HMC enrolls approximately 100 new patients annually in the cardiac and pulmonary rehab program.  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, “Our program has been helping patients for more than 32 years and was one of the first programs in the nation to be nationally certified by the AACVPR.  Dr. F. Stuart Sanders, medical director of the HMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program, 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.”

For more information about the HMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program, call (706)-754-3113, extension 2455 or email lisa.reiss@hcmcmed.org