Governor’s Award for Life 

Reynolds Memorial receives Governor’s Award for Life for a recent tissue and cornea donation.

On Monday, October 10th, Angela Hockman, Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s CORE (Center for Organ Recovery & Education) Liaison presented Dr. David Hess and Brooke Francis with the Governor’s Award for Life for a recent tissue and cornea donation. The award recognizes area hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation within their own health care facilities, and have achieved increased donation rates as a result.





Dr. David Hess at Reynolds Memorial signing a rose vial that will be placed on the Donate Life float

Dr. Hess also signed a rose vial that will be placed on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses parade which will be held in January.



About Core

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas.


Who Needs Cardiovascular Rehabilitation?


Cardiac Challenges

If you have cardiac challenges or any other form of cardiovascular issue, your doctor may suggest cardiac rehabilitation. The rehab program will be personalized so you can exercise safely and sustain a healthy regimen. But first, you want to make sure that your conditions will benefit from a cardiac rehab program. Below are some of the precursors for initiating cardiovascular rehabilitation.

  • You had a heart attack recently or in the past
  • You have had a previous cardiac stent placement
  • You have coronary artery bypass grafting
  • You have a heart valve replacement
  • You have a heart or lung transplant
  • You have stable angina, or recurrent chest pain with activity that hasn’t worsened
  • You are experiencing and/or on the verge of heart failure


Cardiac rehab offers a lot of assistance to boost the heart health and increase your capacity of fulfilling daily physical activities. The good news is that these cardiac rehab programs are tailor-made to your condition and circumstances. Resolving heart problems doesn’t just improve external characteristics of your personality but can put life into perspective, promote emotional balance and increase motivation for a sound recovery process.

However, you want to be certain that you are with a team of support specialists that have the best interest of your recovery in sight. Make sure that you understand and trust all of the assistance you are receiving from members of the cardiac rehab. A program can be started even while you’re still in the hospital after recovering from a heart attack or related heart issue. The structure of these programs generally consists of 4 stages.

Stage I: Evaluation

This stage is about comprehending your physical and mental conditions after a worrisome heart issue. The doctors and supporting staff want to examine which physical activities you can easily accomplish and which ones are challenging. In the meantime, you will receive health education on exercise training, how to maintain heart healthy living and even encourage minor exercise such as walking or stretching.

Stage II-IV: Outpatient Management

The remaining stages outside of the hospital will involve close supervision of your exercise and daily activity. Some of your day-to-day activity will have to be adjusted in order to take it easy on your heart and maintain well-being. There will also be a focus on good dietary habits and therapeutic strategies for emotional health. Offering education and coaching for you and your loved ones on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle is also imperative to prevent heart problems in the future. Depending on your progress, the support team may install a home exercise regimen to keep you on the path of healthy heart living.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

In 1991, Reynolds Memorial Hospital began a three-phase, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to meet the needs of cardiac patients and families. The goal of the program is to guide the heart patient toward recovery and good health through education, supervised heart-monitored exercise and psychological support.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of our cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. The program at Reynolds Memorial has been certified since 2000. To learn more, click the button below.



Why is Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Important? 

Respiratory therapy takes proven strategies and applies them to patients in need of immediate respiratory care. It is a composition of methods that provides solutions for hospital patients with lung and breathing problems.

Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary RehabilitationIn conjunction with other healthcare staff, the respiratory therapist works and coordinates a course of action to bring patient breathing levels back to normal. This usually happens after surgery but can occur if a person suffers from lung and airway disorders, mesothelioma, asthma or other lung disorders. The goal of a respiratory therapist is to ensure that a patient’s breathing functions are operating at the highest levels of performance.



One of the most commonly integrated curriculums used in respiratory therapy is pulmonary rehabilitation. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a system of physical activity, education and support utilized to breathe and function at the highest degree possible. Patients will be shown techniques by one or more respiratory therapists to help improve the patient’s breathing and help them live a more normal life.

They will show how to effectively manage their cardiovascular and/or respiratory condition so the patient can maintain their health even after the program. The patient’s support team will conduct an entire background check of medical history, discuss present level of exercise and help establish milestones for their respiratory therapy.

Monitoring their heart rates, blood pressure and oxygen levels can do this. This is done to ensure that patients are not pushed too far but will still achieve the benefits of focused respiratory exercises.

The Introduction of New Concepts

Patients will be introduced to concepts that will serve them far after treatment is finished. Respiratory therapists will fill them in on breathing strategies, dietary suggestions, medication, relaxation exercises, oxygen, blood circulation and how to manage daily tasks with minimal to no shortness of breath. In brief, it will help those with breathing problems to not only lessen their immediate symptoms but also maintain their breathing in the future.

Moreover, pulmonary rehabilitation teaches coping mechanisms as a therapeutic solution for dealing with respiratory conditions such as depression, anxiety and panic. Lastly, patients will be part of a supportive community of teachers and colleagues all focused on maximizing their health.

Identifying New Challenges

All in all, it is more of a challenge to identify how concepts such as respiratory therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation are NOT important. These methods are focused on bringing a person’s breathing activity back to an optimal state. It can be done following surgery or for those suffering from a cardiovascular/respiratory condition. This program offers support and education that will benefit their health for years to come.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Reynolds Memorial Hospital has registered respiratory therapists on staff that can treat patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system and perform diagnostic tests such as Arterial Blood Gas Analysis and complete Pulmonary Functioning.

For more information about our respiratory therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation services, please contact Pam Zorn, RT, Director: (304) 843-3318