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 Winter 2020
TACVPR President’s Note from Debbie Baker, RN
March 9, 2020
It would be difficult for me to inform you about our Day on the Hill events that took place 3/2-3/3 in Washington DC without sharing with you on a personal level. As you are aware last week was a very sad and challenging time for many Tennesseans. The path of tornados that began in Nashville and ended in Cookeville brought much devastation and many have been impacted directly and indirectly. Our Cookeville community lost 18 including 5 children. I am thankful that my daughter who lives in downtown Nashville and our home and family in Cookeville was spared. Some of our staff, their families and patients lost everything and even though many material things can be replace it is still a difficult journey to travel. We are a strong community and the support from within our community, surrounding counties and states, Samaritan’s Purse, Red Cross and FEMA cannot be adequately described in words. Please continue to keep those who suffered loss in your thoughts and prayers.
Regarding the Day on the Hill I want to start by personally thanking Allan Lewis for his many years of service. He has been a great inspiration to me and I will miss working with him and wish him well in his many travels during retirement.
This year our Day on the Hill focus was on bipartisan bill HR 4838 S.O.S. Sight for Service”. This year AACVPR had 90 individuals from 35 states meeting with their congressman and senators. On Monday March 2 Allan Lewis and Matt Thomas from Chattanooga, Vicky Horn and myself from Cookeville had the opportunity to meet with Legislative staffers and Health Advisors for Congressman Chuck Fleishman (3rd district), Scott DesJarlais (4th district), John Rose (6th district) an Jim Cohen (9th district) and Jim Cooper (5th district) and Senator Blackburn . On Wednesday Vicky and I meet with Congressman Kustoff (8th district) and Mark Green (7th district). Continue to look on the AACVPR website for further communications and progress on this important issue and posting of bipartisan Senate bill.
Be checking on TACVPR website for upcoming announcements regarding our annual fall conference. For those who informed me of interest in becoming more involved with TACVPR board positions I will be including you in our Board of Directors March phone conference call.
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
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]