St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital receives special recognition

STANDISH — Recently, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) re-viewed St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital’s (SMMSH) Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and consider its criteria worthy of certification. According to SMMSH cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation Program Director Rita Backus, SMMSH started working under the guidelines of the AACVPR when the program was established in July of ’93, although she acknowledged that the program is more complete now and has been working seriously towards certification for the past five years. “We’ve always worked under the AACVPR’s guidelines,” Backus said. “It just takes a lot of paperwork and consistency within the program to achieve certification.” Gaining certification for a program of these standards is not an easy task to accomplish though, says Backus. “There are seventeen tabs of information regarding protocol, procedure and paperwork,” Backus said. Backus also says that Program Certification, which must be applied for every three years after initial certification, now aligns SMMSH with other respected hospitals offering the same program. “This puts us right in line with Saginaw and Detroit (St. Mary’s Hospitals),” Backus said. “We all follow the same guidelines.”

See the full story in the Oct. 8 edition of "The Arenac County Independent.


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