Potomac Valley Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

Left to right: Nichole Moran, Kayla Emerick, and Danielle Combs

WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is in recognition of the program’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients through enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are created to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, respiratory symptoms) recover faster and live healthier. Both of these programs focus on exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

To earn accreditation, the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program staff underwent an extensive application process, requiring thorough documentation of the program’s practices. Currently, AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs. Each program is evaluated for their adherence to and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other related professional societies. Each application is personally reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

Since 2018, AACVPR has featured an outcomes-based process that uses performance measurements creating more meaningful outcomes. This makes AACVPR-certified programs leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high-quality patient care.

AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Potomac Valley Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital in Keyser, West Virginia. The hospital serves the community of Mineral County, West Virginia and surrounding areas. PVH officially became a member of the West Virginia University Health System in 2014. PVH provides inpatient and outpatient care, including 24/7 Emergency Department services. PVH employs more than 250 healthcare professionals, including over 50 physicians, who are dedicated to our mission of striving to treat every patient like a member of our own family.