President's Corner

President’s Corner

Please help us thank Teresa Eber Lee for her time as our MNACVPR president and please help us welcome our new president, Kris Mrosak!

Typically this change occurs at the MNACVPR annual conference, but due to the current circumstances this transition has had to take place virtually. We are so grateful for all that Teresa Eber Lee brought to the board as president and are looking forward to seeing what Kris Mrosak will do in her time as MNACVPR president. Please continue to read below for letters from both of them.

From our immediate past president, Teresa Eber Lee:

Dearest MNACVPR Members,

As my year serving as President of MNACVPR closes, I want to
thank all of you for your continued support to all of our patients and staff
members in the Health Care Systems during this unparalleled time. It’s hard to
believe our Annual Conference was scheduled for later this week.  Save the date for next year, April 22-23,
2021.  This will be our 30th
Anniversary Conference.  We are looking
forward to celebrating with each of you.

This past 12 months have been very busy for your MNACVPR
board.  We continue to work towards
completing goals on our strategic plan, including supporting creative thinking
and promoting innovative program development. 
Our very first Innovations Award was to be awarded at this year’s
Conference.  We look forward to
presenting this next year. We provided our members with stipends for joining
the AACVPR Registry.   Our web page
platform will be updated, hopefully, starting this summer.  MNACVPR will continue to plan our own Day on the
Hill with our Minnesota representative to talk more about the barriers, here in
Minnesota, for providing quality rehabilitation for all.  In collaboration with the Minnesota Department
of Health (MDH), we have supported grants for food insecurity in our
rehabilitation programs and a pilot study for home-based rehabilitation for
those patients unable to attend traditional on-site programs.   Our goal, as always, is to give our patients
greater access to programs and best care possible at all times.  

I have so many individuals that I would like to thank for
all the success we had this past year.

First, the Conference Planning committee, they work so hard
to provide the highest quality program for our members, and then to have to
cancel and all the work that had to be done to make that happen, Thanks.   Thank
you to Sara Johnson and James Peacock from MDH, this has been a rewarding
collaboration, and I truly believe we will be breaking down barriers to
providing rehabilitation to all.  To the
entire MNACVPR board, your efforts are remarkable, and I appreciate all you do
for our membership and your programs. Last but not least, I could not have been
successful in this role without the guidance and encouragement from Anita
LaHaye, thank you for your mentorship. 

In January, MNACVPR sent out a ballot for open positions on
board.  I am happy to share these results
with you.   Whitney Quast will be
transitioning into the Treasurer position. 
Teresa Fietek will continue as our Member Relations Committee Chair. Finally,
I am happy to present your new MNACVPR President, Kris Mrosak.  Kris will do great things in this new role
and I look forward to seeing where this next year takes us.     

This is a very stressful time for all of us, please stay
safe and take care of each other. 


Teresa Eber Lee

Past-President MNACVPR

From our current president, Kris Mrosak:

Dear MNACVPR Members,                                                                          

As I begin
this next year as your new president, the excitement is tempered by the
continuous evolving developments of the coronavirus crisis. I would like to
first thank all members who have been taking care of the most sick of the Covid-19
patients. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we recognize your dedication,
care and compassion. I also want to acknowledge all members who have been
pulled in so many directions with work adjustments and ever-changing details
thrust upon them at this time.  We each
are supporting all our colleagues during this unprecedented time.

We all are
working through ways to continue to work with our patients and stay connected
with them. We look to our national organization for directions that may come
from their communications with CMS to consider including CR/PR in the recent
telemedicine reimbursement expansion. Please access the Coronavirus Resources
page on the AACVPR website for all up to date information by the AACVPR
COVID-19 Task Force.

Your board
members continue their work during this time of changing circumstances. This
dedicated group has had phone meetings so as to maintain the workings of our
great organization. We had everything in place for our 30th Anniversary
conference in April before it was cancelled.  We look to carry over some of our plans to
next year’s Annual Conference. Please be sure to mark your calendar for April
22-23, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

We are
excited to share that we will be launching a new website later this year
through the AACVPR Higher Logic platform. We will keep you updated on a time

Thank you for
the opportunity to serve as your President in 2020. Please reach out to me or
any board member with questions throughout this year.  I also encourage you to consider joining one
of our committees. You may find committee information on our website.  

Take care and
stay healthy,


Kristelle Mrosak BAH, RRT, Certificate in Pulmonary Rehabilitation AARC/AACVPR

Rehabilitation Program Manager

Hospital Park Nicollet HealthPartners     


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