Volunteer Grant Provides Education for Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff at Ministry Good Samaritan

For many years the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Volunteers have supported educational opportunities for staff as the result of proceeds from the Hospital Gift Shop in Merrill.

Educational grants provided by the proceeds from the gift shop provide the ability for staff to attend and receive valuable training to enhance programs and services offered at Ministry Good Samaritan.

This year, Respiratory Therapist Stacey Colyer is the recipient of a $1,000 educational grant from the Volunteers which she will use to attend a week long workshop on Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Offered by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Exercise and Health Program and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the workshop is considered essential for anyone who is new to cardiac rehabilitation or who needs an up-to-date refresher on current trends in the field. It features strong emphasis on exercise physiology, exercise prescription, administrative concerns, and secondary prevention strategies from experts who are actively working in cardiac rehabilitation.

“This is a well-known and respected program for cardiac rehabilitation professionals and we are grateful for the continued support of our Volunteers for this opportunity,” said Robert Asinas, manager of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Ministry Good Samaritan.

Asinas, who previously attended the workshop said it is internationally known with representatives from all 50 states and 38 foreign countries having attended over the past 37 years.

“Attending this continuing education program and sharing knowledge learned is another step towards achieving our goal of Ministry Good Samaritan becoming an accredited cardiac rehabilitation facility,” said Asinas.

Regaining strength and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle after a heart event are important steps toward long-term quality of life. Cardiac rehabilitation is an education and exercise program to monitor and assist with improving recovery, increasing fitness levels, and reducing the risk of future cardiac events.

For more information on the Cardiac Rehab program at Ministry Good Samaritan, please call 715.536.5511 or visit oneheartcareteam.org.

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