AACVPR recertifies HSC’s Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (October 18, 2010) – Hospital for Special Care (HSC) recently received a three-year re-accreditation through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). HSC’s AACVPR certification demonstrates its commitment to help meet exceptional standards of patient care within its outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program. 

The AACVPR sponsors a Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process, which is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual healthcare facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. As an AACVPR-accredited facility since 1998, HSC went through a rigorous review process again this year to become recertified by submitting its outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program documentation, including patient and program outcomes, as well as follow-up outcomes after discharge.  

“HSC is extremely honored to receive this esteemed accreditation because it shows that through evidence of education and compliance of the Association’s guidelines, our physicians and staff perform at the level that is expected by AACVPR,” said John Votto, HSC President and CEO. “When a patient is referred to HSC, they can be assured that they are receiving specialized, comprehensive care enhanced by this distinctive certification.”

The AACVPR accreditation process ultimately encourages cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs to employ the highest standard of practice.  Participation in the AACVPR accreditation signifies a multidisciplinary program that meets many patient needs affecting their pulmonary condition such as nutritional, psychosocial, physical and educational needs. The accreditation is considered advantageous because both patients and their family members typically want to participate in programs that are AACVPR-accredited. Therefore, acquiring this accreditation may help them decide between programs and hospitals.

Founded in 1985, the AACVPR is 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. 


About Hospital for Special Care:

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury. HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis, with campuses located in New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut.