LUFKIN, TEXAS – Specific rehabilitation is often necessary for patients following a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, balloon angioplasty or even surgery. Recently, the Volunteer Auxiliary at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial helped ensure patients have the best equipment needed to begin the road to recovery.
Thanks to the Volunteer Auxiliary’s generous donation, the Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation Center now has three new pieces of equipment, including a recumbent bicycle, a recumbent stepper and an arm bicycle. According to Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Nancy Sanchez, the recumbent bicycle is ideal for patients needing to strengthen their leg muscles. The arm bicycle can be used by patients needing to get their heart rate up, but unable to transition to a treadmill. Both the arm bicycle and the recumbent stepper, which is similar to an elliptical machine except patients can excise while remaining seated, are wheelchair accessible.
About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial
Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.
With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year. Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.
In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit – a nearly 20% increase over the previous year – for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.7 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated revenues of almost $13.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, has total assets of $21.8 billion. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.com.