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Idaho State Journal

November 30, 2016

POCATELLO — Every 42 seconds, a person suffers a heart attack. Despite the fact heart disease remains the leading cause of death in both men and women in this country, the incidence of death because of heart disease is declining. And if you are one of the more than 30 percent who survived a heart attack last year, consider yourself lucky. Your second chance at life is about to get better, and the staff at Monte Vista Hills Health Care Center is here to help.

“I’ve seen this Heart PARC (cardiac post-acute rehab care) program help numerous lives for the better,” said Clayton South, executive director for Monte Vista Hills. “It has provided excellent outcomes throughout the industry, and I’m excited about its implementation here at Monte Vista.”

The concept of providing rehabilitation therapy is not new, but to offer services that cater specifically to cardiac care is a tremendous resource for patients and their families who are facing a permanent life-changing event. Here are four reasons why this cardiac program makes my heart skip a beat.

1. The staff provides focused care.

While other rehab therapy centers address a variety of conditions, this program focuses on the heart and all of the factors associated with recovery and education. Many patients are not yet ready to return home after cardiac surgery or a cardiac episode. This program bridges the gap that ensures patients are physically and emotionally prepared to return home safely.

“This isn’t just therapy. Instead, this is an interdisciplinary program,” said Dr. Jared Lundquist, director of rehabilitation for Monte Vista Hills. “It’s not just about the therapy but the skilled nursing and everyone else involved in this program.”

This multi-disciplinary approach focuses on the specific needs and concerns often shared by cardiac patients.

“Our team works together to progress each patient through five care levels and prepare them to succeed at home,” Lundquist said.

See the press release Idaho State Journal.