(Mountain View, Ark.) – Cardiac Rehabilitation is a new service at Stone County Medical Center, according to Kevin Spears, SCMC Chief Operating Officer. Patients living in Mountain View and the Stone County region now have access to this important program without the inconvenience and expense of travel. Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered Monday through Thursday at the Stone County Medical Center (SCMC).
Tesia Davis, Exercise Physiologist (EP), is the SCMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator. Tesia worked at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department in Batesville for eight years before accepting the Coordinator position. She is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.
“I am very honored and excited to be a part of bringing such an amazing service to Stone County and the surrounding areas,” said Tesia. My heart and passion is in Cardiac Rehab, and I see how it changes lives every day. This is a much needed service and will be available to those who need it.”
As Program Coordinator, Tesia’s responsibilities include the development and supervision of the plan of care for each patient in coordination with the Registered Nurse (RN). She will also be responsible for the department’s day-to-day operation, and ensuring staffing and quality standards are maintained.
During cardiac rehabilitation, patients receive an individualized treatment plan. Patients with heart conditions including angina, balloon angioplasty, cardiac catheterization, recent cardiac surgery, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, heart transplant or stents may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation includes an assessment of personal risk factors, an individualized exercise plan supervised by clinical professionals, psychological/stress assessment, and education and support to make heart healthy lifestyle changes. Cardiac Rehabilitation also offers opportunities to meet and share stories with other patients; monitoring for better control of blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes; and improved communication with your primary care provider or cardiologist.
“Access to care is critical to improving health in rural communities,” said Kevin Spears. “I am confident the addition of Cardiac Rehabilitation to the services offered at Stone County Medical Center will benefit patients in our community.”
With this expansion, Cardiac Rehabilitation is available to patients Monday through Friday in Batesville and Monday through Thursday in Mountain View and Newport. Cardiac Rehabilitation is covered by Medicare and most commercial insurance plans. For more information, call 870-262-6168 (Batesville); 870-262-5040 (Mountain View); and 870-512-2570 (Newport).
Stone County Medical Center is a part of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system also includes White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville, outpatient facilities, primary care facilities, senior life centers, and specialty physician office practices. WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Caption: From Left to right): Molly Matthews, PT; Tesia Davis, Program Coordinator; and Mandi Trammell, RN.