Pulmonary rehabilitation earns certification and national recognition

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics pulmonary rehabilitation program was certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), recognizing it as a national leader in its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

The UI program participated in a peer-review accreditation process that reviewed the program’s adherence to standards and guidelines developed by AACVPR.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with pulmonary conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory symptoms, improve exercise tolerance, respiratory symptoms, and quality of life.

“Pulmonary rehabilitation is a cornerstone of therapy for patients with lung disease. We are fortunate to have a phenomenal staff of nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to helping our patients reach their maximal level of physical functioning and quality of life,” says Jeff Wilson, MD, medical director of the UI pulmonary rehabilitation program. “National certification recognizes their expertise and compassion.”

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.