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Pondera Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AAC-VPR). This certification is recognition of Pondera Medical Center’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Pondera Medical Center is very proud of its Cardiac Rehab program and the extensive work that Jenny Broesder, RN and Program Manager, has done to make the department a tremendous success and an invaluable tool for our area communities. 

“Serving the patients of Pondera County means a great deal to me. I have personally cared for family, friends and neighbors. Knowing many of my patients on a personal level ups the ante when they enter Cardiac Rehab,” said Broesder. “There is a level of fear in starting an exercise program after a heart event and I strive to limit the fear, increase confidence and promote safety.  I’m proud of their achievements, progress and graduation and feel like that personal touch has greatly improved our patient outcomes.”

Broesder believes, “Each patient is unique in what motivates him/her; I strive to find the motivation, engage them in this journey and genuinely invest myself in their health journey through education and exercise.”

She continued, “I’ve been known to get on a piece of equipment to pace someone that is having a bad day to get them to their goal time just to keep them engaged in the purpose of improving their quality of living. I’ve been stopped at the grocery store to read labels, help with recipes and look for the lowest sodium content. I’ve reminisced with patients that golfed with my grandpa to distract from an increased resistance bike level, and I always look forward to hearing outcomes from big events in my patients’ lives.”

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery; and pulmonary problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory symptoms; recover faster and live healthier.  

Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. Completing a cardiac rehabilitation program reduces the risk of a second event by 30 percent and reduces the risk of mortality by 60 percent. 

PMC Cardiac Rehab is supported by effective resources structured to the needs of each individual patient. Its program strives to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through personalized education, tailored fitness programs, and strategic disease management. 

PMC’s patients receive close care through an MD-directed monthly treatment plan, monitored exercise using PMC’s 24/7 on-site Wellness Center and rehabilitation department with a Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, education using a smart board, discussion, and conversation to give each patient a thorough understanding of their rehabilitation progress. 

Broesder said goal-setting is a critical element in cardiac rehab. “Goals can be things like: ‘I just want to be able to attend my grand- daughter’s wedding,’ or ‘I want to be able to hike with my grandkids this summer,’ or ‘I want to be able to drive truck again and get back to work because my family needs the income.’  Those are raw goals, with a lot of emotion, so I work very hard to help my patients reach their goals,” she pointed out.

AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Cardiology services are available at the PMC Rural Health Clinic through contracts with visiting specialists. Visiting cardiologists at the clinic include Dr. Edmund Brennan, Dr. Jorge Castriz, and Dr. Michael Ritchie. You can learn more about these services or view the visiting provider schedule by visiting our website: www.ponderamedical.org/cardiac-rehab.

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