The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation recently committed to raise $410,000 to build and equip a new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive exercise education and behavior modification program that improves the physical and emotional health of our patients with heart disease. A physician referral is required, and the program typically runs 34-36 sessions.
Skagit Regional Health’s Cardiac Rehab program originated in 1986 and in 2006, it was moved to its’ current location. At that time, the program was managing 96 patient visits per month. Today the program averages over 600 patients visits a month and the space has become cramped, dated and inefficient. Some of the equipment is antiquated and frequently requires repair.
Even with its’ limitations, the program is popular in the community as is evident by the frequent comment cards from patients. Words such as “compassion,” “excellence,” “outstanding care,” and “educational” are frequently used to describe the program. Unfortunately, we also receive comments regarding lack of space, antiquated equipment and limited parking.
With all this in mind, the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation has committed to relocating and building a new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in the garden level of the east tower of Skagit Valley Hospital. The new Center will feature state of the art exercise equipment, cardiac monitoring systems, computer hardware and workstations.