Following are several comments from our patients and their families about their experience with the North Memorial Heart & Vascular Institute's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
"To the Nurses and Staff at Cardiac Rehab: You are an amazingly dedicated and skilled staff! Thank you for the instruction, the encouragement, the patience and the tremendous commitment to your craft and to your patients. I will always remember your caring guidance as I continue on this journey to a better heart health. It has been a privilege to work with you. My very special thanks to (VM…) for her extra care and guidance. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!"
"Thanks for being so good to my mom!"
"To everyone in Cardiac Rehab - Thank you for all the wonderful care during my dramatic drop to the floor a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t have picked a better place to do it! You’re an amazing group of people!"
"Thank you for helping me through this life changing recovery. I couldn’t have accomplished what I did without your help. I will be forever in your debt and all of you will always be in my thoughts."
"You all are a great staff! Your teamwork, knowledge, skills and caring are unbelievable! You did so much to help me when I continued to have difficulties. The classes were enjoyable as well as teaching us so much. While I love you all and need the exercise, I hope I continue on the road to recovery. Thank you all so much!"
"Thank you for all that you do…You might not think so, but all of it really means a lot, and so do you. With sincere appreciation, Sharron"
"I just wanted to thank each of you for all you’ve done this last couple of months. I know that you know…but what you do actually helps change people’s lives for the better. I appreciated all your support and encouragement. Take care!"
"Thank you so much for the excellent job you all did regarding my Cardiac Rehab. You guys are the best! You really shined with your compassion for all your patients. It is very obvious you take your job seriously, yet you were also able to make it an enjoyable experience. I will recommend North Memorial Cardiac Rehab to all in need that I come in contact with. Keep up the wonderful work and know you are greatly appreciated!"
"I want to sincerely thank all of you very much for the experience that I have had in Cardiac Rehab for the last few months. You have been encouraging, comforting, extremely positive, directive, informative, stern when necessary, and a million other words that I can’t express. You have made my trip from a medical procedure I thought I would never have to face to my current eagerness to get on with life refreshed and empowered. I leave Rehab thankful for the wake-up call the procedure gave me. You helped give me sea legs after the procedure and give me confidence in my physical power and abilities. You all, along with my other compatriots, have also created a safe and very friendly community surrounding the entire Rehab process that it is going to be difficult for me to leave. I am so glad that you are there to help other persons stumbling out of their procedures into you expert, caring hands. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!"
"Excellent program, helped improve my strength and knowledge of my condition and what to do if problems occur."
"Classes were very beneficial, excellent and helpful staff, highly recommend."
"The concern and encouragement of the staff was great! They gave me my life back."
"Helpful! when I started, didn’t want to come but now I am happy I did!"
"Everyone was patient and supportive. I think this is an excellent post hospital experience. I actually looked forward to coming and I am definitely more confident exercising at home. Thank you all!"
"It was beneficial to know what exercise regimen to follow and understand how the body reacts to what I do physically."
"All staff performed very professionally and they have excellent social skills, which are very necessary when dealing with someone who has just had a life-changing event, such as a heart attack."
"Great teamwork, always friendly and welcoming."
"I feel this is a program that is extremely important to recovery and ongoing wellbeing after heart surgery"
"This was an awesome experience for me. I started rehab with some fear, still sort of in shock from having urgent open heart surgery to replace my mitral valve. I was also sore and weak from surgery with excess fluid. The rehab team tailored my work perfectly for me, answered many questions, and truly made me more educated and confident."
"I can't give kudos that are high enough. I came out of my event uncertain in June and the program has made me feel stronger, calmer, and ready to take on the future. The staff is very supportive, knowledgeable and friendly and there is a lot of room for hard exercise and humor-sad to leave it."
"I would like to thank cardiac rehabilitation for all of the work that they do. Thank you."