CHI St. Joseph expands services


Cardiac Rehabilitation services, provided by CHI St. Joseph Health system, are now open and accepting physician-referred cardiac patients in Madisonville, on an appointment only basis at the Madison Wellness Center at 100 W. Cross Street, near CHI St. Joseph Health Hospital.

“Expanding access to specialized care for the Madisonville community, and all the rural communities we serve, is a core component of our Mission and strategy,” said Marybeth Murphy, Regional Administrator of Rural Hospitals for CHI St. Joseph Health.

Last Tuesday, Murphy spoke at the WOM meeting at Madisonville’s First Baptist Church, about women and heart disease.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly to women than all forms of cancer combined.  An estimated forty three million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease, killing approximately one woman every minute.  While one in thirty-one American women die from breast cancer each year, one in three die of heart disease. 

Of course, heart disease is not just a silent killer of women. Men are struck with the disease as well.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics and Whites.  About seven hundred twenty thousand people in the U.S. suffer heart attacks each year. Of these, five hundred fifteen thousand are a first heart attack and two hundred and five thousand happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Thanks to Mrs. King Cole, Mr. and Mrs. William Hensarling, Traditions Healthcare, the St. Joseph Auxiliary and many other generous donors from the community, CHI St. Joseph Health, Madison Hospital, and community members have a way to fight back against this deadly disease.

Dr. Imelda Chan-Villanueva, Medical Director, and her specially trained licensed team will supervise a personally tailored exercise program, including nutrition education, medication education and encourage better general lifestyle choices to help each patient strengthen their heart and lead a healthier life.

The ultimate goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to lower the likelihood of future heart problems or related death.  Patients who participate in these programs feel better physically, emotionally and gain greater control over their personal health.

“Cardiac rehab helps you make heart healthy changes in your daily life and the rehab team gives guidance and encouragement to help you stay on course.”

Cardiac Rehab in Madisonville joins a group of community services already offered at the Madison Wellness Center, since late 2015.  The center provides a Senior Renewal Program, psychiatric services, community fitness and a Therapy Services Department, which offers Outpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy.

For more information on Cardiac Rehab, contact the clinic at (936) 349-1661.