Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by National Organization

Cardiac Rehab Accreditation (400 x 300)Shore Health is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Shore Health was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. The certification includes both the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Dorchester General Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

This is a re-certification for both programs, which were originally certified in 2000. Shore Health was one of the first 100 programs in the nation to receive this certification.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g. heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, etc.) and pulmonary problems (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD, respiratory symptoms, etc.) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

Shore Health’s rehabilitation program participated in the rigorous 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 success of this program is due to the dedication and leadership of our entire staff and this certification recognizes their ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients,” says Gary Jones, RCP, FAACA, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services. “Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.”

Shore Health’s AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years. To learn more about cardiovascular and pulmonary services at Shore Health, visit

In photo: Staff from the Cardiac Rehabilitation program celebrate their recent program certification. Back row (left to right) are Gary Jones, RCP, FACCA, Director Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services; Mary Beth Linthicum, RN, RRT; Donna Campbell, RN, BC; Melinda Wood, administrative assistant; Matthew Roberts, MS and D. Greg Oliver, MD, Medical Director Pulmonary Rehab Program. Front row (left to right) are Tracy Supcoe, RN, BSN; Sarah Richard, RN and Sally Worm, RN, Program Manager. Not pictured Christadoss Rajasingh, MD Medical Director, Cardiac Rehab.