The Tennessee Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation since 1988. It is our purpose to help Tennessee professionals in teaching patients with cardiovascular & pulmonary rehabilitation, physical medicine and health/wellness.
The TACVPR Board of Directors, Committee Members and Members are responsible for the advancement of educational programs and services designed to enhance the scope of knowledge for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professionals: including, the planning and implementation of spring and fall conferences, to enhance the exchange of information between cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, to provide a unified voice regarding important issues in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation to the state legislature, commercial insurance carriers and federal government agencies, and to promote, throughout the public sector, an understanding of the nature of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and to increase awareness of related health care services in the state of Tennessee.
It is our purpose to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management.
DOTH March 2-3, 2020 House Bill #4838
As a follow up to your initial letter advocating for the House Bill #4838, please follow these steps to send a second letter. If you did not send one initially, please send one. We need your help and your patients’ help in contacting your member of the House of Representatives in Washington DC. The virtual letter writing campaign is now open. Go to www.aacvpr.org and click on the tab that says advocacy. Click on Advocacy/Take Action. Look for initial letter button or follow up letter button. The necessary steps are listed. Encourage your staff and patients to send a letter. The purpose of this House Bill #4838 SOS: Sustaining Outpatient Services Act, is to improve access to cardiac and pulmonary rehab.
Fall Conference Nov 7, 2019
Cookeville Regional Medical Center hosted a wonderful Fall Conference Thursday, November 7, 2019. Thank you Debbie Baker, RN and all her staff for hosting this great conference. If you have not joined TACVPR you can do so by Clicking Join TACVPR on the Home Page. The BOD is looking for a hospital to host the Fall Conference in 2020. If interested contact Debbie Baker at [email protected]
President’s Update Summer 2020
TACVPR President’s Note from Debbie Baker, RN
July 4, 2020
The first six months of 2020 have brought may changes and challenges to all of our organizations as well as our patients and community. With the changes comes fear and concern. In my 42 years as a healthcare professional I’ve never seen such stringent visitor restrictions. Visitation restrictions remain necessary for every ones protection but I find this change the most difficult. Involving family, loved ones, care givers has and still remains a cornerstone for patient care and support. This and many other changes from our “routine” have forced us to challenge ourselves to be more creative. As we strive to continue to provide excellent care let’s not forget to share ideas with our colleagues. Many of you have returned to operations with changes in patient volumes with implementation of the CDC recommendations. Let me know how you’re facility is doing [email protected]
AACVPR 35th Annual Conference
Due to COVID-19 risks of travelers to Florida and restrictions on mass gatherings in the state the 2020 35th Annual AACVPR National Conference will be fully VIRTUAL. . More information will be shared in mid-July. In the meantime, visit the AACVPR website about this decision to cancel, how it impacts you and the organization, and what you can look forward to from the virtual event.
TACVPR ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE: Due to COVID-19 risks – TBD
Get Involved with TACVPR
If you are interested in becoming more involved with TACVPR please contact me. We have board member positions available and encourage you to think about how you can help us continue moving forward in providing excellent care to our patient population.
Debbie Baker R.N. CCRP
Director Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center
1 Medical Center Boulevard, Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-783-2786 931-783-2689 Fax: 931-783-2695
Please contact me for questions, suggestion or position interests at 931-783-2786 or [email protected]
Board of Directors Update
You will find the minutes from the BOD meeting in the Membership section, along with a financial report for TACVPR and one for the Fall Conference. Just click Members only.
If you are interested in getting more involved with the state organization please give me a call. We have some BOD positions open: President Elect, Dietitian, Behaviorist, Member at large Middle and Membership Chair.
New Contact Information (Allan Lewis)
Although I am officially retired Nov 8., 2019, I will continue to assist with this website and serve as the Past President of TACVPR until Nov 2020. My contact information is below. Please text me first if you want to speak to me as I may think you are a marketing call. Allan Lewis, 423- or email [email protected]