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Duke Raleigh Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

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Molly Tomlinson
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Sept. 14, 2011 For Immediate Release

Raleigh, NC – Duke Raleigh Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Duke Raleigh’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“AACVPR certification demonstrates Duke Raleigh's commitment to patients and the community for improving wellness and treating cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Stephen Robinson, medical director of the Duke Raleigh Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

“Having our cardiac rehab program receive certification from AACVPR is the result of the hard work and dedication of our cardiac rehab team,” said Andrea Layton, Duke Raleigh Cardiac Rehabilitation program manager.  “This certification is a testament to the fact that our program meets the standards and guidelines of best practice, resulting in improved outcomes for our participants.”

The Duke Raleigh Cardiac Rehabilitation program participated in the one month application process which requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

“The certification process also gave us an opportunity to assess our program and make improvements resulting in improved care and outcomes for our participants,” said Layton.

Certified AACVPR 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.

About Duke Raleigh Hospital

Duke Raleigh Hospital, a part of the world-renowned Duke University Health System, is a 186-bed acute-care facility on Wake Forest Road in North Raleigh with services including a cancer center, orthopaedic center, diabetes center, wound healing center, 24-hour emergency department, intensive and critical care, cardiovascular center, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, wellness services and community education. Duke Raleigh Hospital was the first hospital in the state recognized with the Hallmarks for Healthy Workplaces distinction for nursing excellence and has also received Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   For more information, visit or call 919-954-3293.



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.