Winona Health’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program received a $20,000 gift from Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to benefit patients participating in Winona Health’s phase II cardiopulmonary program. The gift was received through CP’s community investment program, CP Has Heart, which focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America.
Winona Health’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professionals monitor an average of 80 to 100 rehabilitation visits per week, and adds more than 100 new patients to its care annually. More than half of their patients are referred from specialty providers in Rochester, Minn., La Crosse, Wis., and Madison, Wis., which allows for individuals to receive rehabilitation care close to home. This includes patients with diagnoses including angina, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary angioplasty and open-heart surgeries as well as emphysema and restrictive lung diseases.
The Canadian Pacific gift will go toward updating the department’s cardiac monitoring system, which will include:
• Telemetry transmitters with receivers, monitor with speakers, printer, webcam, cables
• Integration with national American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registry (AACVPR) outcomes
• In-person implementation and training for the new system
• Technical support, software updates and customization
“At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community,” said Shawn Duce, roadmaster, river subdivision. “That’s why investing in the communities in which we operate in and through is so important to us. Through our community investment program CP Has Heart, CP has donated $20,000 towards the purchase of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation monitors, which will ensure recovering patients have the very best cardiac equipment at Winona Health.”
Lynn Sprain, MS/RCEP/RT, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program manager, said, “We have a strong team of rehabilitation specialists here at Winona Health, and this generous gift from Canadian Pacific will enhance our ability to more efficiently care for our clients. Technology changes quickly, and it is expensive. This is a very welcomed gift that will benefit our patients and our community now and for years to come.”
Winona Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team also serves those who have graduated from a monitored program to a maintenance program, providing an environment that supports cardiac and lung health for people at all physical abilities.
A nationally certified program, Winona Health’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professionals provide each person with individualized rehabilitative care, assuring a safe progression of exercise. To learn more about cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Winona Health, visit www.winonahealth.org or call 507-454-3650.