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Cardiac rehabilitation

June 28, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER Recognition as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional has been achieved by the nurses who provide the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH). Krystle Primus RN BSN, and Brandy Tripp RN BSN, each successfully completed the coursework and exam to become a Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional.

"Achieving certification is a standard that acknowledges the expertise and experience of our rehabilitation team," says Chris Wiedman DPT, Therapy Services manager. "Patients sense the quality of our program, and it's reflected in the increase in the number of participants, as well as their high level of satisfaction with their rehabilitation experience."

Certification is awarded by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professional Certification Commission. The standard is aimed at strengthening the assurance of the qualifications of those who are providing cardiac rehabilitation. The exam measures the knowledge and expertise of cardiac rehabilitation specialists in the various segments of the cardiac rehabilitation program, including nutrition, weight management, blood pressure, diabetes control and psychosocial management. The certification demonstrates proficiency based on nation-wide standards in patient assessment, tobacco cessation, physical activity counseling and exercise training.

Tripp has served as Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at GCMH since 2009, while Primus has provided guidance to cardiac rehabilitation patients for the past five years.

For more information about cardiac rehabilitation, visit the hospital website at



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