"When the opportunity to work in Cardiac Rehabilitation
presented itself to me in 1992, I was reluctant to say the least. After over 20
years working with heart patients I can now say it was the best career decision
I ever made.
Our patients generally
spend several months with us and some continue to attend the program for many
years. I enjoy helping patients learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. The most
rewarding part of my job is when I see them years later in the community still
exercising and looking great."
Bay College Assoc. Degree 1983
Clinical Interest/Expertise: Health & Wellness and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Shirley Dishaw - Beck, RN, BSN, CCRN
“I love working with my patients in Cardiac / Pulmonary Rehabilitation because I see their progression over months, and sometimes over years,” commented Shirley Dishaw-Beck, RN. “They become friends, and there is time to make a real connection with them. Inpatient nursing is very rewarding as well, but the nurse’s impact is over a much shorter period of time, and we do not necessarily see the long term effects of our care.”
Northern Michigan University BSN 1982
Clinical Interest/Expertise: Pulmonary Disease.
Amber Harrell RN, BSN
"My previous nursing experience was inpatient care so when the opportunity presented itself to change my practice focus to outpatient nursing, I was excited and nervous. Working in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab has allowed me to develop a more long term relationship with my patients. Getting to know them on a more personal level has proven very rewarding. It has also shown me how I can positively impact my patients through the education that I am able to provide."
Worked as an RN for 10 years in Critical Care and Hematology/Oncology. Joined the Cardiac Rehab Team in 2014 after working for 2 years at DCHS.