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Published on April 04, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Dotti Kruppo, Director, Community Relations     

607-865-2409        dotti_kruppo@uhs.org

UHS Delaware Valley Celebrates Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Successes

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital recently celebrated its Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation program and its successful patients with over 40 attendees.

The event was the brainchild of Sue Malia, RN, BSN who coordinates the program. Held at New Hope Community Church in Walton, the program featured Dr. Keyoor Patel, cardiologist from UHS Heart Institute and Clinical Director of Delaware Valley’s rehab program, speaking about overall cardiac health, treatment of cardiac conditions, and the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity.

Three former participants told their stories of the dramatic difference rehab has made in their lives. One was on oxygen, had had several heart attacks and could barely walk any distance without becoming short of breath; one is a heart transplant patient whose doing so well, his NYC doctors no longer require him to travel there for follow up; and the last gentleman’s heart was only pumping at approximately 20% of capacity prior to the program. All three are able to do most of the things they were able to do prior to their conditions, none use oxygen, and all spoke about what they had learned and how Sue had motivated them to push themselves just a little farther to reach even higher goals. However, most importantly, they all had a common theme to their stories: they had to have hope, determination and the motivation to complete the program and to maintain the changes they had made in their lifestyles. They all make sure they exercise regularly; eat healthy food and realize only they can ensure their continued success.

Sarah Kellogg, physical therapist spoke of the importance of physical activity and told the audience, about the Script Trails program and the www.getoutandwalk.org website. Cathy McLachlan , DVH’s Certified dietitian/nutritionist gave tips on reading labels and making healthier food choices, while Dave Reynolds, respiratory therapist, taught the audience how to breathe properly (your chest should move when you breathe). Healthy snacks, displays, educational materials and door prizes rounded out the celebration.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

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