Penrose-St. Francis Heart & Vascular

Penrose-St. Frances Health Services

Penrose-St. Francis Cardiac Rehabilitation
3030 N Circle Drive
Suite 217
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909

Penrose-St. Francis Heart & Vascular

Penrose-St. Frances Health Services

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Penrose-St. Francis Cardiac Rehabilitation helps people recovering from a heart attack, valve or bypass surgery, stent implant or other heart problem. Rehabilitation helps prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for return to work and normal family and social life. It also helps you slowly and safely get back to normal activities. Our therapists talk to you about changes you can make to help reduce your risk of more heart problems. A physician referral is required for cardiac rehabilitation.

    Cardiac Rehabilitation can:

    • Increase your chances of surviving a heart attack or other heart problem
    • Increase your ability to be active and exercise
    • Help you return to work sooner
    • Help you get back to a normal lifestyle
    • Improve overall health and well-being

    Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I provides educational services for patients hospitalized at Penrose Hospital and St- Francis Medical Center for open heart surgery, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, and other coronary artery disease related diagnoses. Trained Cardiac Nurses provide education about recovery, activity and coronary artery risk factor modification to patients and family members.

    Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II is designed primarily for patients with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease, open-heart surgery, recent myocardial infarction, angioplasty, stent, or stable angina. This comprehensive program offers prescribed cardiovascular exercise, risk factor modification, education, on-going nursing assessment and referral to nutritionist and behavioral intervention based on individual need. This multifaceted program is designed to limit the adverse physiologic and psychological effects of cardiac illness, reduce risk of sudden death or reinfarction, control cardiac symptoms, stabilize the atherosclerotic process and enhance the patient's psychosocial and vocational status. Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II Program is reimbursed by Medicare and most other payers. Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered at Audubon Medical Campus and St. Francis Medical Center.

    For more information on Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation, talk to your doctor for a referral or call.

    The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is proud to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Our program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. We participated in the one month application process which requires extensive documentation of the program's practices. The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    A personal, supervised program designed for you

    The Penrose-St. Francis Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program helps people with moderate to severe breathing problems overcome physical limitations resulting from their disease. Candidates for the program include those experiencing lung problems such as:

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Emphysema
    • Chronic Bronchitis
    • Asthma
    • Bronchiectasis
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Pulmonary Hypertension
    • Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • Interstitial lung disease
    • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
    • Lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplantation

    Each patient’s program begins with a comprehensive pulmonary evaluation by clinical experts in pulmonary rehabilitation. Through a carefully planned, integrated and individualized program of supervised physical conditioning, exercise and educational and nutritional counseling, physical capacity is increased and the patient is empowered to overcome their shortness of breath.

    Our Services

    Medical Evaluation
    A comprehensive medical evaluation is conducted by our pulmonary rehabilitation team, then an individualized program is developed based on their findings.

    Monitored and Supervised Exercise
    People with pulmonary disease often limit physical activity because they are frightened they will become short of breath; lack of activity, however, reduces muscle strength and causes weakness. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program includes exercises and activities tailored to your needs to help participants increase physical capacity and regain control of breathing. By combining exercise with other services patients improve their abilities to carry out activities of daily living with more energy and less difficulty.

    Educational Programs
    Our education classes focus on COPD and other chronic lung diseases providing you with information about:

    • Medications, including drug action, side effects, using an inhaler, and self-care techniques
    • Understanding and using oxygen therapy
    • Diet, nutrition, and weight management
    • Breathing retraining
    • Importance of exercise
    • Strategies for managing breathing problems
    • Symptom assessment to know about when to seek medical treatment

    Psychosocial Support
    People who have chronic lung diseases are more prone to depression, anxiety and other emotional problems. Our program offers counseling referrals from a variety of sources.


    Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps you improve your quality of life. Even though pulmonary rehabilitation can’t cure your lung disease, it can be of great benefit. And, you may notice improved breathing effort and less breathing problems.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Reduce and control breathing difficulties and other symptoms
    • Knowledge about your disease, treatment options, and chronic disease coping strategies
    • Learn to manage your disease and reduce dependence on costly medical resources
    • Maintain healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, good nutrition and exercise
    • Decreased symptoms of your disease
    • Ability to function better in your daily life
    • Increased ability to exercise
    • Decreased symptoms and better management of anxiety and depression

    Contact Us

    A physician referral is needed to participate in the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Talk to your doctor to find out if pulmonary rehabilitation is right for you. To learn more about the Penrose-St. Francis Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, contact us.

    Audubon Medical Campus
    3030 N. Circle Drive, Suite 215
    Colorado Springs, CO 80909

    Phone: 719-776-4880
    Fax: 719-776-4866

  • Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

    The Penrose-St. Francis Heart and Vascular Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program is proud to offer Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ – the first and only program that is scientifically proven to slow, stop, and even reverse the progression of heart disease. 

    This Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program brings about its life-changing results by helping participants adopt and sustain lifestyle changes in four areas of their lives: what they eat; how active they are; how they respond to stress; and how much love & support they have in their lives. By optimizing these four elements, the program empowers them to minimize their reliance on medications, avoid future surgeries, and most importantly, re-take control of their health.

    The Benefits

    Why enroll in the Penrose-St. Francis Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program? Because of the results. The program is scientifically proven to:

    1. Reduce the risk of heart-related events
    2. Decrease the frequency and severity of chest discomfort
    3. Lower the likelihood of future surgery
    4. Lessen dependence on medications
    5. Lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and bring about weight loss 
    6. Increase your capacity for exercise

    Our participants are the living embodiment of these results; visit our testimonial page to hear their stories.   

    The Experience
    Participants experience the Penrose-St. Francis Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program within a small and consistent group of peers, all of whom share the common goal of reversing their heart disease and improving their well-being. Each group of participants is led by an unchanging team of clinicians, who—over the course of 72 hours—help participants reverse the progression of their heart disease. 

    Four Key Program Elements
    This proven, non-invasive program consists of 18, four-hour sessions focused on bringing about sustainable lifestyle changes in four equally weighted elements: personalized nutrition, exercise, love and support, and stress management. 

    Who can be successful in the program? 
    Anyone. The question that we hear most often from potential participants is “Can I actually do it?” The answer, unequivocally, is yes. Our participants adhere to the program at an unprecedented 91% rate because once they enroll, they start feeling so much better, so quickly, that they cannot imagine returning to their old ways of living. 
    The program has been so effective in undoing years of damage to the heart that Medicare and other insurers have made the decision to cover it under a new benefit category, Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation – making it the first program of its kind to receive this level of support.

    Qualifying criteria for the program includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

    • Acute Myocardial Infarction within the last 12 months (Heart Attack)
    • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 
    • Current Stable Angina Pectoris (Chest Pain)
    • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
    • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (Balloon) or Coronary Stenting
    • Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant

    Prevention as well as Reversal
    Ornish Lifestyle Medicine can help prevent heart disease as well as reverse it – which makes it a great treatment option for those with risk factors of heart disease (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity) and those with heart disease alike. 

    The Opportunity
    To enroll or hear more about the program, call 719-776-4880 or visit the Ornish website.  

    We can’t wait to work with you to take control of your heart disease.