“The purpose of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to provide progressive exercise and education to individuals with heart disease. Through this process we will assist you to increase your cardio-pulmonary endurance, prevent further complications and return you to your normal lifestyle. We believe as patients assume responsibility for their recovery and well being, they are more likely to make long term lifestyle changes to optimize their health. We look forward to assisting you to a healthier lifestyle.”
Judy Phelps, RN
DCHS Cardiac Rehab
1721 S. Stephenson Ave
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: (906) 776-5550
Fax: (906) 776-5369
Sometimes life throws things at us that we just didn’t expect. That is often the case with heart disease. Maybe we haven’t been feeling quite right or maybe we experienced classic heart attack symptoms. However we get there, the diagnosis of heart disease and the associated interventions such as angioplasty, stents, bypass surgery or valve replacements can be very frightening. The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Dickinson County Hospital can help you physically and emotionally recover and adjust to this new diagnosis.
Through a combination of exercise and education you will be armed with the tools and knowledge to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Cardiac Rehab at DCH was established in 1987 and is staffed by three registered nursing professionals with many years of experience between them. Judy Phelps RN is the program supervisor and has worked at DCHS since 1985 with more than 20 years in the Cardiac Rehab Department. Shirley Dishaw Beck RN BSN joined the staff in 2005 after 25 years in Critical Care. All nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and attend annual conferences sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health and Rehabilitation. This keeps them up to date with the latest information in the field.
Cardiac Rehab currently offers two programs. Phase II is an outpatient program that focuses on providing care after a heart attack or heart intervention has occurred. These patients are typically seen three times a week for one hour sessions with a strong emphasis on education and physical rehabilitation. Education topics can include heart healthy nutrition, exercise planning, stress management, cholesterol, medications, smoking cessation, diabetes education, motivation and overall risk factor reduction. Regardless of age or ability, patients are able to manage their heart condition and work towards achieving personal goals. The RN’s monitor heart rhythms, blood pressures, incisions, heart and lung sounds and answer questions patients may have. Exercise is a part of every session and conducted in a safe environment.
The Monitored Exercise Program is a self pay program that is offered as a continuation of the Phase II Program, or for anyone with cardiac risk factors that requires supervised exercise.
Patient satisfaction is very high and previous patients’ comments have included: “A necessary program for the physical and mental recovery of heart patients.” “Excellent staff and information.” “The program helps a lot. I am so glad I went through it. Everyone with heart trouble should do it.” “This staff is extremely efficient with great knowledge and personality.” “Thank you for everything you did for me—I just couldn’t have made this much progress without your care and compassion.”
This team of health care professionals provides for the physical, psychological and social well being of each individual patient. They are committed to the prevention of disease, conservation of health as well as rehabilitation of the ill. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Cardiac Rehab at 776-5550.