Special to the Register
Cooke County —
The William F. Powell, M.D., Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at North Texas Medical Center got an upgrade in February as the NTMC Foundation administered $30,467.45 in donated funds to purchase new equipment for the unit.
Included in the upgrade were: two Spirit upright elliptical trainers; two Biodex recumbent elliptical trainers; two Spirit recumbent bikes ; three PhysioTrainer arm ergometers; one Spirit treadmill; and a Quantum multi-station stack gym.
According to Angela Adkinson, exercise physiologist for NTMC , the new equipment brings several advantages. “The action on the new machines is more fluid – much smoother - which is a huge advantage to our patients with knee, hip and shoulder issues.”
“We don’t want to improve our patient’s stamina at the risk of injuring their joints,” she noted. “This new equipment is such a nice addition to our center.”
“On behalf of the NTMC Foundation and the Foundation Board, I would just like to say how proud we are to have been able to provide the funds to make this equipment purchase possible,” said Kristi Rigsby, Director of the NTMC Foundation. “Gifts like this, made possible through individual donations and fundraisers, are the reason we exist. This is our purpose and mission.”
The rehab center currently serves approximately 60 patients, with diagnoses ranging from congestive heart failure, angina, post-stent or bypass surgery, to COPD, chronic lung and asthma.
“Our patients come to the center in various stages of physical health,” Adkinson stated. “Some present with no physical strength at all and we have to build them up from nothing; and some patients come in who have been walking regularly for years. That is why our rehabilitation plans, as well as the equipment used, are customized to each patient’s needs.”
In addition to customized programs, the center provides close monitoring, giving vulnerable patients the reassurance they need to exercise. “The peer support and the monitoring and education we provide gives our patients what they need to start and finish this program,” noted Kristie Bayer, a registered nurse who has worked with the rehab program for 7 years.
Hundreds of patients have utilized the cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs since they were started in 1994 and 1997 respectively. Cardiac rehab sessions are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Pulmonary rehab is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Our center has a great reputation in this area,” Bayer stated. “There is no reason to drive out of town for cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation. Just have your doctor write an order or give us a call and we will be glad to get you started in our program.”
For more information on cardiac or pulmonary rehab at NTMC, call (940) 612-8140.
For more information on the NTMC Foundation and how you can help, call (940) 612-8607.