HackensackUMC Presents 2016 Cardiac Rehabilitation Persons of the Year Awards
April 6, 2016 12:49 PM
The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC, recently presented the “Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year” awards to three patients.
The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC, recently held the 14th annual awards ceremony to name the “Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year.” The awards recognize the efforts of patients who have initiated the most significant changes to their risk factors for heart disease, including reducing body weight, managing hypertension and lipids, managing diabetes through diet and exercise, managing stress and staying optimistic.
The Barbara Bannan Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award was received by Michelle Webb of Ramsey. The Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award was presented to two winners: Steven K. of Wayne and Edd Dresher of Hackensack.
“We are very proud of the hard work and commitment by Michelle, Steven and Edd to become healthier individuals,” said Thomas P. Mahady, senior exercise physiologist, Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center. “While in cardiac rehabilitation, what stood out for the staff was the determination of each of these three individuals to recover and change their lives for the better.”
Edd Dresher came to The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center at HackensackUMC after having valve surgery. Steven K. came to the center after having a heart attack and Michelle Webb began receiving rehabilitative care at the center after suffering a cardiac arrest.
“When I came out of the hospital, I was very deconditioned, very scared and very weak,” said Michelle Webb. “These guys were wonderful. I tell Pat all the time that he and his staff put me back together. They are fantastic.”
“The staff here is really terrific and they became like family,” said Steven K. “I was never a big gym person, but I got to the point that I really started to enjoy it. They knew when to hold me back and when to let go. They made all the difference in my recovery. They are motivators and I feel very fortunate.”
HackensackUMC is home to the Heart & Vascular Hospital, a state-of-the-art “hospital within a hospital.” This facility houses the latest equipment and programs, and integrates preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services, with a special focus on cardiovascular disease management and breakthrough research. Inpatients and outpatients are treated for all types of cardiac and vascular diseases, including heart problems, such as blocked arteries and irregular heartbeats, peripheral vascular disease and neurovascular diseases, such as stroke and aneurysm. For more information about the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, please visit www.hackensackUMC.org or call 551-996-3589.
The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC, recently presented the “Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year” awards to three patients. Pictured from left to right: Thomas P. Mahady, senior exercise physiologist, Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center at HackensackUMC; Edd Dresher and Steven K., recipients of the Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award; and Michelle Webb, recipient of the Barbara Bannan Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visitwww.HackensackUMC.org.