Greetings MNACVPR Members,
It is with great humility that I assume the role of president of MNACVPR. This year marks my 30th anniversary of working in the field of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. After all this time, it remains the most rewarding of professions. Our roles provide the unique privilege of connecting with patients during a very vulnerable time in their lives. We create a bond of care and trust, empower them with all the benefits our field has to offer and then witness the transformative impact cardiac and pulmonary rehab has on people’s health and lives. No wonder for most of us, this is not just a profession but a passion.
I trust you share my dedication to the field and the assurance that our patients are provided with the best possible care and outcomes. I know your state board is highly committed to these efforts. The board is comprised of EPs, OTs, PTs, RNs and RTs from programs all over the state, large and small. Volunteer board members work diligently toward this organization’s vision: “to support cardiovascular and pulmonary health and rehabilitation programs to advance their professional and organizational growth for health promotion, disease prevention and improved quality of life for patients and their families”.
At the start of a new year, it is tradition to reflect on the past and then look forward with new goals and renewed commitment. I would like to thank past presidents of MNACVPR for their dedication and outstanding leadership. Most recently, Paul Spilde promoted advances in professional standards by hosting the CCRP exam at our conference and guiding us toward Joint Affiliate status with AACVPR as well as serving on the MAC liaison task force. In 2017 President Whitney Quast pursued increased membership and involvement, student scholarships, CEP licensure, and development of a Strategic Plan for MNACVPR. In February we will be meeting with Anne Gavic, an esteemed past-president of AACVPR, as she mentors our efforts to build an even stronger organization.
I am proud to represent such an outstanding group of practitioners. I will do my best to carry the momentum forward as we tackle challenges such as website enhancement, further local and national legislative engagement and the continued provision of scientific information to guide your practices.
I hope you share my excitement about the future. I look forward to seeing many of you at our state conference and annual business meeting in Alexandria, on April 26th and 27th. In the interim, I welcome your questions or suggestions for ways we can strengthen the organization.
Anita LaHaye, BSN, CEP, TTS
Cardiac Rehab Therapist
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis.