The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Heart and Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, recently held the 15th 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 Catherine Burns of Paramus. The Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award was presented to Joseph Yung of Riverdale.
“I congratulate Catherine and Joseph for their hard work in earning these awards,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC. “Our medical center is patient-centered and quality oriented and our team takes tremendous pride in caring for everyone, every single time. I am extremely proud of our doctors, nurses and all of our team members for their dedication to our patients and their families.”
“The staff at the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center takes great pride in the work we do and it brings us great pleasure to honor past patients who have shown determination to recover and change their lives for the better,” said Thomas P. Mahady, senior exercise physiologist, Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center. “Catherine was always our early-morning cheerleader. Her effort was tremendous. She took the initiative and really pushed herself. Joseph was always able to find the silver lining in anything. His positive attitude helped him outpace the goals we had for him in cardiac rehabilitation.”
Catherine Burns came to the center after having a stenting procedure to relieve symptoms of angina. Catherine exercised three times a week for three months at the center and has since joined HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants in Maywood.
“The rehabilitation convinced me that staying active and exercise are so important to your overall health,” said Catherine Burns, recipient of the Barbara Bannan Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award. “I also enjoyed the other workshops the center offered including yoga and nutrition. Overall, the staff at the center taught me how to take better care of myself.”
Joseph Yung suffered a heart attack during a 25 mile bike ride. After he was released from the hospital, Joseph came to the center three times a week for a mix of cardio, which included using the treadmill, stair master, stationary bike and rowing machine to strengthen his cardiovascular system.
“It’s great being recognized for this honor and I have the staff to thank for it,” said Joseph Yung, recipient of the Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award. “At times I didn’t want to be here. But, their enthusiasm got me through it. They were my motivator. My rehabilitation really set another course for me. I exercise four to five times a week now and it has become life-changing for me.”
The daughter of Barbara Bannan, for whom one of the awards is named, and her family have been attending the ceremony to name the Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year for 13 years. Patricia Bannan says she is touched by the dedication of the staff who supported her mother in 2004.
“We knew how much this meant to her as she was recovering,” said Patricia Bannan, daughter of Barbara Bannan. “The program enabled her to feel confident and positive about her physical capabilities and her mental outlook. I am deeply moved that we can remember my mother’s remarkable spirit, her sense of humor and her accomplishments while at the same time acknowledging and honoring this wonderful program and the people who make it possible.”
HackensackUMC is home to the Heart and 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, click here or call 551-996-3589.
The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Heart and Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC, recently presented the “Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year” awards to two patients. Pictured from left to right: Thomas P. Mahady, senior exercise physiologist, Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center at HackensackUMC; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC; Richard Burns, Paramus; Catherine Burns, recipient of the Barbara Bannan Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award; Joseph Yung, recipient of the Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award; Patricia Bannan, daughter of Barbara Bannan; Sue Jamieson, daughter of Barbara Bannan; and Bob Jamieson, son-in-law of Barbara Bannan.
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 a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 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 25 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 the Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.