HMC Cardiac Rehab outpatient program maintains certification


SAVANNAH, TN—September 5, 2020 – Hardin Medical Center (HMC) is proud to announce the recertification of HMC Cardiac Rehab cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of HMC Cardiac Rehab’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients 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 live healthier.  The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. Hardin Medical Center provides all of the above including a professional cardiac staff including a cardiologist.

To earn accreditation, HMC Cardiac Rehab 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 related professional societies. Each program’s application is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

“Cardiac Rehab is a vital part of the recovery process with regard to cardiovascular pulmonary conditions. We are very pleased with our AACVPR recertification and to offer this valuable service conveniently close to home for our patients,” said HMC Chief Executive Officer Nick Lewis.

In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, 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.

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 improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about AACVPR at

Hardin Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare provider whose primary mission is to offer safe, quality, comprehensive healthcare services to the community, always striving for excellence and rendering service with dignity and compassion.  To learn more about HMC, visit or call 731-926-8000.

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