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Left to Right: Sarah Bergendahl, Physical Therapist;
Cheryl Lobdell, Physical Therapy Assistant;
Melanie Williams, RN

Cardiac Rehabilitation


The Sitka Community Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to help patients reach and maintain the healthiest lifestyle possible through exercise, education and support.

About the Program


The program includes a structured, progressive exercise plan, group or individual education and emotional support. The program is run by a Registered Nurse, Exercise Physiologist, and Physical Therapist and is overseen by a Medical Director. During each session the patient's heart rhythm and blood pressures are monitored before, during and after exercise. The sessions occur 3 times per week in the inpatient therapy gym.

Entering the Program


A physician referral is needed to enter the cardiac rehabilitation program. If you are new to Sitka or have been in a rehabilitation program elsewhere, a physician referral is still required. Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, depending on your plan's coverage; however, preauthorization is not necessary. Our program is individualized for each person's needs.

Medical conditions most often seen in rehabilitation include:

Heart attack
Angina
Open heart surgery
Post-valve surgery
Post-bypass surgery
Post-stent procedure
Post-angioplasty procedure