Baptist Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program Receives Certfication

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baptist Cardiovascular Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., is proud to announce the certification of its Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program. The certification was award by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Baptist’s Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

 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. Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

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.

Baptist Outpatient Cardiac Rehab has two goals. First, is to assist people who have experienced a cardiac event to get strong again and return to a normal lifestyle. Secondly, the program tries to reduce risk of any future cardiac event and improve the patient’s outlook.

“We accomplish this by exercise, nutrition counseling and education,” added Baptist Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Medical Director Thomas Kilgore, MD. “We are constantly collecting data and researching literature enabling us to keep track of the most effective methods in cardiac rehab to improve the outlook for the patient.” 

 In addition to Dr. Thomas Kilgore, there are two registered nurses, a dietitian and an exercise physiologist working at Baptist Outpatient Cardiac Rehab. They incorporate a computerized program to monitor each patient’s progress in diet and exercise and to establish a long-term record for each patient. After patients finish the program, they come back in intervals for four years for follow up. The outcome data is collected as a research tool. Dr. Kilgore compiles a report for patients' physicians, updating them on vital signs, any health issues, and progression.

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.


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


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