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Business Observer Friday, Jun. 10, 2016 5 years ago

Hospital expands cardiac center

Cape Coral Hospital is expanding its cardiac rehabilitation center and renamed it in honor of The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation/Culliton Family.

CAPE CORAL — Cape Coral Hospital is expanding its cardiac rehabilitation center and it will open for patients June 20.

“The newly renovated space is designed to create an exceptional experience and optimal healing environment for patients and families with lots of natural light, inviting colors, 120-foot track, men's and ladies' locker rooms, reflection room, consult rooms and all new equipment,” says Sandy Childress, system director of cardiac rehabilitation for Lee Memorial Health System, in a statement. “We are so excited to have this beautiful environment, and even more thrilled to double our capacity for outpatient cardiac rehab.”

The cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to improve the quality of life for people who have had recent heart problems such as angina, heart attack, angioplasty and open-heart surgery. A physician referral is required for entry into the program, which is usually 12 weeks or 36 visits. Maintenance programs are also available after patients complete the program, focusing on independence while helping the patient to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

New equipment includes treadmills, a variety of bicycles, elliptical machines, rowing machines, cross-trainer equipment and hand weights. An audio-visual system provides music during exercise sessions and supports education and relaxation. The center measures 4,000 square feet and it's located adjacent to the Women and Children's Center.

The hospital has named the center in honor of The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation/Culliton Family, whose gift was undisclosed. “We are very appreciative of their support and generosity,” says Scott Kashman, Cape Coral Hospital's chief administrative officer, in a statement.

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