Baton Rouge General Receives Cardiac Rehab Certification

BATON ROUGE, LA – Baton Rouge General (BRG) today announced the three-year certification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BRG is the only hospital in Baton Rouge with an AACVPR-certified cardiac rehab program.

“Heart disease is the number one killer in Louisiana,” said Dr. Lance LaMotte, BRG Cardiac Rehab Medical Director. “That’s why this program is so important. Cardiac rehab helps patients decrease their chances of heart attack or re-hospitalization with a customized plan designed for each individual’s unique circumstances.”

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people recovering from heart attack, bypass surgery or heart disease recover faster and improve their quality of life. The BRG program includes tailored exercise routines, a healthy eating plan, emotional support, and highly skilled therapists who continuously monitor participants.

BRG’s cardiac rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

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

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.


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 improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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