The facility is also equipped with a wireless patient monitoring system to ensure that each patient is exercising their heart at an appropriate level. The monitoring system consists of a series of electrodes attached to each patient and a centralized computer that records the data. Nurses and exercise physiologists will be equipped with wireless handheld devices to record each patient's vital signs at regular intervals; this information will also be transmitted to the central computer, providing real-time information.
According to Rob DeMuro, ECH chief of medical staff, cardiac rehabilitation is an important service for many local residents. "Before the establishment of cardiac rehab at our facility, patients were required to travel significant distances to take part in a rehabilitation program; and often at significant personal expense. Offering a program in our local community provides the opportunity for increased rest and recuperation," he said. "It's vitally important that our area residents have access to this important service close to home."