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Cardiopulmonary - Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Program Description
The goal of Burke’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to help you achieve the most active and productive life possible, despite physical limitations. It is divided into two parts: the cardiac program and the pulmonary program. The cardiac program is tailored for individuals with heart disease and the post-operative cardiac patient. The pulmonary program serves young adult through elderly patients, with diagnoses such as COPD - emphysema, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, chronic and acute respiratory failure, and pulmonary fibrosis. 

Whether you are living with a chronic lung disease or have suffered an acute lung condition, we assist your recovery with intensive therapy (five to six times a week), and we teach you strategies to help you manage your condition. Rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The interdisciplinary rehabilitation team consists of you, your family or caregiver, physician, nurses, social worker/case manager, occupational therapist, physical therapist, recreation therapist and dietician. Led by Richard Novitch, M.D., a pulmonologist, the professionals on the team will assess your medical and rehabilitation needs and work with you to establish your individual goals. In close collaboration, the team designs and implements your treatment program. Throughout your treatment, the entire team meets formally once per week to discuss your progress, and Dr. Novitch monitors the overall team process and outcome. 

Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and care as appropriate. Comprehensive education for you and your family or caregiver is essential to reaching your goals. Team members provide a series of lectures and discussions on pulmonary wellness daily.

Scope of Services
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Team is committed to:

  • Providing comprehensive, patient-focused rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach based on communication, collaboration and cooperation.
  • Expanding the individual’s functional ability through conditioning, training and education, and providing strategies to overcome functional limitations and improve quality of life. 
  • Preparing the individual and family or caregiver for transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Team Description
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program philosophy is that comprehensive rehabilitation is best achieved through an interdisciplinary team approach. The core team consists of:

Medical Management
The multi-disciplinary team is lead by Dr. Richard Novitch, M.D., a pulmonologist who has extensive experience caring for individuals with heart disease and the post operative cardiac patient. As the leader of the team, Dr. Novitch is responsible for directing the medical care of the individual and monitoring the overall team process and outcome. At Burke, a physician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.) are available to address all patient needs while at Burke.

Patient and Family/Caregiver
Comprehensive education of the individual living with a chronic lung condition and the family and/or caregiver is essential in order to maximize quality of life and recovery from recent exacerbation while preparing for transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process. Individuals with lung conditions are taught how to navigate the health care system with regards to their medical management and health maintenance.

Individuals with lung conditions will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout his/her stay in order to maximize achievement of each individual’s goals. Family members and/or caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care activities as appropriate. Providing education and training for the family and/or caregivers is an essential component of the patient’s rehabilitation stay and provides an opportunity to successfully transition the patient to the next phase of rehabilitation and maintenance.

A series of educational lectures and discussions for patients and families on various topics related to pulmonary rehabilitation/wellness is provided by team members every day at 10:15 am.

Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program attracts cardiopulmonary patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes cardiopulmonary patients from across the country and around the world.

Additional services available to meet individual patient needs include:

  • Complementary Therapy
  • Laboratory Services
  • Medical Consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.)
  • Orthotic Services
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Pulmonary Education Lecture Series
  • Radiology

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