Howard Young Foundation Funds Treadmill for Rehabilitation Patients and Community Health Program

The Howard Young Foundation recently funded a new treadmill to be used by the patients of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs at Howard Young Medical Center.

Patients who have some type of heart event such as stents, bypass surgery, or heart attack and are typically referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Treadmills are key to the cardiac rehabilitation of patients. This new treadmill is especially designed to perform at a rate of use of several hours per day, as many patients spend their entire session exercising on the treadmill.

Upon completion of their program, patients are given the opportunity to participate in the Fit For Life Program, to continue building on the physical condition they have achieved. This program is a supervised exercise program designed for people who have health concerns or medical conditions such as: heart disease, arthritis, overweight, fibromyalgia, diabetes, orthopedic conditions, and high blood pressure. The program is also open to healthy people who are: senior, and would like more individualized attention; or the spouse of a person in the program.

All sessions are supervised by the cardiac rehabilitation staff. There is an initial, one time assessment fee of $25 that includes meeting with a staff member and setting an exercise program to meet the individual’s needs and goals. Patients then purchase individual maintenance sessions to come back and use the equipment at $5 a session.

“Fit For Life is a great program for patients that want to maintain the physical condition they were able to achieve during their rehabilitation sessions,” said Sherry Kairis, RN, Howard Young Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “Fit For Life enables patients, and community members that are not patients, to maintain an exercise routine while being supervised by professional staff to be sure they are properly doing the exercises.”

Professional staff includes Kerry Kindt, Respiratory Therapist, Sheila Beaurain, RN, and Sherry Kairis, RN.

Equipment available includes treadmills, Stairmaster, Airdyne bikes, recumbent bike, NuStep, Concept Rower, resistance equipment, and free weights.

“The Howard Young Foundation supports the needs of Howard Young Health Care hospitals,” said John Lund, Howard Young Foundation Executive Director. “Hospital departments are able to apply for Foundation monies for items that are needed, but not always in the operating budget. By granting these requests, Howard Young Health Care is able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that enables patients to receive testing and services right here in the northwoods. This new treadmill will help hundreds of patients to maintain and improve their health.”

The Howard Young Foundation, Inc. is an independent philanthropic, not for profit, charitable corporation. Established in 1985, the sole purpose of the Foundation is to actively seek and invest charitable support for Howard Young Medical Center, Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kate Home Health Hospice and their many health and wellness “partnerships” benefitting our communities. Through philanthropy the mission of the Howard Young Foundation is to help achieve excellence in providing quality medical and patient care to those patients and their families we serve.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Gym at Howard Young Medical Center is open for the Fit For Life program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m. A physician referral is necessary. The cardiac rehabilitation staff can assist with this. For information on the Fit For Life program, call 715.356.8139.

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