living in the communities surrounding Surry County will have access to the
state’s leading care in cardiac rehabilitation thanks to a partnership CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center and announced
Forest Baptist is known for setting the standard of care for cardiac
rehabilitation in North Carolina.The
Medical Center started the first cardiac rehabilitation program in the state.
one of the longest-standing cardiac rehabilitation programs, our team of
experts has helped thousands of patients recover from heart attack, heart
surgery and heart failure,” said David Zhao, M.D.,
chief of cardiovascular medicine and executive director of CepEsperu
Baptist’s Heart and Vascular Center. “We offer outpatient rehabilitation
programs designed to help you improve your daily life and maintain your
independence, and we are thankful for the partnership with Northern Hospital to
offer this level of service to their community.”
newly installed treadmills are already humming on the third floor at Northern
Hospital, where earlier this month the first patients were admitted to the
Northern Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
are excited to utilize the expertise of CepEsperu Baptist in getting our
program at Northern up and running,” said Brian Beasley, vice president of clinic
operations, Northern Hospital. “Numerous residents of Mount Airy and
surrounding communities are already traveling to for their
cardiac rehab services, and these patients can now be served right here at
rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, counseling and learning
designed to help people with heart disease make needed changes for a healthier
lifestyle. Participating in a cardiac rehab program allows for quicker recovery
from heart attack, heart-related surgery or other heart disease. The ultimate
goal is to enable patients with cardiac disorders to resume active and
enrolled in cardiac rehab typically attend the program two to three times a
week. For local residents, a 60-mile round trip taken several times a week is
time consuming, tiring, and expensive. All of these factors can result in some
patients failing to finish their prescribed treatment plan. Local residents may
now come to Northern where they are closer to home and more easily able to see
their program to completion.
for the new program is evident. Before the doors officially opened at the
beginning of May, over twenty referrals had already been received from
cardiologists throughout the region including offices in Mount Airy and
; with more referrals arriving daily.
Hospital Foundation applied for a grant to receive the initial funds needed for
construction of the new cardiac rehabilitation department. The hospital was
generously awarded $250,000 from The Duke Endowment.
Hospital will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Friday, May 19th at
3:00pm. Cardiac Rehabilitation is located on the third floor at Northern
Hospital. For more information on the program, call 336-783-8448 or visit .