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Mercyhealth’s Rockton Hospital Cardiac Rehab Center Certified by Industry Leader

Mercyhealth’s Rockton Hospital Cardiac Rehab Center Certified by Industry Leader

Awards and recognition | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

ROCKFORD, Illinois – Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton Cardiac Rehabilitation Center received cardiac rehabilitation certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification recognizes Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular rehabilitation centers are designed to help people with heart and vascular problems recover faster and improve their quality of life. Mercyhealth’s programs include not only exercise but education, counseling and support for patients and families.

To earn accreditation, Mercyhealth participated in an application process that required extensive documentation of our practices. Mercyhealth’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Center developed policies and procedures with AACVPR’s benchmarks, including six areas of risk: blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, hemoglobin A1C, functional capacity and smoking cessation and depression. Once patients successfully hit the benchmarks in these areas, they are discharged.

The certification is valid for three consecutive years. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

For more information, visit or email Alexis Schuster, RN, clinical exercise specialist, at or

About Mercyhealth: Mercyhealth is a multi-regional health system with more than 750 employed physician partners, seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations serving 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. Mercyhealth’s over 7,500 employee/partners care for over 2.4 million patient visits each year. As the top vertically integrated health care provider, they continuously work with a passion for making lives better for the people, families and communities they serve.

About AACVPR: Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about AACVPR at