Rancho Los Amigos Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Los Angeles County, Calif., CA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Health (Best in Category)
Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary approach to optimize the health and well-being of patients after heart attacks, stents, or open-heart surgeries. Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients improve exercise capacity and quality of life. Clinical studies show that cardiac rehabilitation reduces mortality rates by 34% and hospital readmissions by 25%. The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is a safety-net system to care for the underserved population of this large and diverse county. Previously, DHS patients had no place to go for cardiac rehabilitation. In April of 2019, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center formally launched its cardiac rehabilitation program. Ranchoâs cardiac rehabilitation program has helped numerous DHS patients, many of whom are essential workers, to regain functional capacity after their heart attacks or heart surgeries and return to work. Because of Ranchoâs excellence in many other areas of rehabilitation including stroke and amputation, Ranchoâs cardiac rehabilitation is unique in its inclusion of patients with multiple conditions and disabilities. As it met rigorous standards, Ranchoâs cardiac rehabilitation program received certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in 2022.