HOISINGTON — Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is Feb. 13-19, and Clara Barton Hospital is a hospital that offers the therapy.
“Several years ago I had a heart attack,” said Tom Nulton, Hoisington resident. “After being stabilized at Clara Barton Hospital, I was transported to Wichita for a pacemaker insertion.
“I am thankful for the Clara Barton Hospital Cardiac Rehab department for getting me back on my feet,” he said. “Today, at 84 years old, I have energy to get up everyday and do the things I love to do. I am fortunate for the services that are available locally. I no longer have to travel to receive the cardiac care I need. Even my Wichita Cardiologist, Dr. Darrell Youngman, sees patients monthly at the Clara Barton Hospital specialty clinic. The Cardiac Rehab program at Clara Barton helped me get on the road to recovery.”
“Our program started in 2003,” said Rickee Maddox, respiratory therapy manager. “The local Lions Club donated the money for the equipment.” This includes a stationery bike and a treadmill.
“After a referral, you just start a basic exercise program and increase strength and endurance following a cardiac event,” she said. They can also refer people for psychological or dietetic consultation.
“Our program is Phase II of the recovery period,” Maddox said. “We try to see patients three days a week. As they exercise, they get stronger. We establish goals,” keeping in mind the patient’s comfort level.”
She said it gives patients reassurance to exercise in the hospital. In addition, there has to be a physician in the building during the therapy.
“Once the program is completed, we want them to exercise at the level established,” Maddox said. “If they are fit and still have a cardiac event, they will still benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.”
All of the staff that work in cardiac rehabilitation are trained in advance cardiac life support. The good news is that there has been no adverse reactions or outcomes in the department.
“The best part is just watch patients regain confidence to exercise,” she added. “We get to know them very well. That’s the rewarding part of the job.”