1000 Hearts Mended

July 13, 2017



Georgetown Community Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Department is celebrating 1,000 – 1,000 patients that is. Earlier this month, the program welcomed its 1000th patient since the service began more than a decade ago.

Audra Byers, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Accreditation said, “I am very fortunate to have involvement in improving the lives of more than 1,000 patients.  However, our job is easy; we simply provide the facility and a safe program for patients.  It is the patients’ willingness to commit to lifestyle modification and attend cardiac rehab regularly to receive full benefit that sets the program up for success.”

Georgetown Community Hospital began the Cardiac Rehab program in July 2002 and has maintained American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certification since 2005.  Several subservices of the cardiac rehab department have since been initiated. Specifically, the department now offers pulmonary rehab, a heart failure clinic in which home tele-monitoring is offered, and the Anticoagulation Clinic.

The Cardiac Rehab team consists of Dr. Joseph Thomas, Medical Director; Audra Byers, Director of Cardiovascular Services & Accreditation; Kari Virse, Registered Nurse; Jessica Markey, Supervisor/Registered Nurse; Jamie Fannin, Exercise Physiologist; Cameron Crossan, Exercise Physiologist; Sherry Stephens, Registered Nurse; and Martha Biddle Clinical Nurse Specialist.  They serve their patients in a safe environment with a smile and encouragement.

What sets our program apart from others? As mentioned, the department is nationally certified by the AACVPR, the gold standard for cardiovascular services in the U.S.  Furthermore, the team of experts leading the program hold a number of highly sought after certifications, including CCRN from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), CES provided from (ACSM), and CCRP provided by the AACVPR.  Together these programs and clinical certifications ensure that our patients receive the most current and evidenced-based expert clinical care in a safe and quality-driven environment. 

The most important benchmark of the impact on patients and the community is in the feedback provided by individual patients and family members of those who have completed the program. Patient satisfaction scores and retention rates are continuously high and reflect the impact and importance of this program in helping cardiac patients successfully achieve lifestyle changes to live fuller more high quality lives after having a cardiac event.

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If you would like more information, please contact Audra Byers at (502)868-5633 or email at Audra.byers@lpnt.net.