Brockville heart rehab program gets $20K

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – The Brockville General Hospital’s cardiovascular program has received a $20,000 donation.

The gift was received last month and now brings the fundraising total for the Brockville Cardiovascular Program to $140,000 in nearly seven years.

The program is not government funded and relies on donations from the community.

In this photo provided by the Brockville General Hospital, Jason Lafave, BCP Kinesiologist; Ken Alexander, Treasurer, BGVA; Dave Bessant, President, BGVA; Helen Ostap, Registered Nurse; Doreen Strader, patient; Karen Matte, VP BGVA and Linda Dickson, BGVA receive a cheque for the heart rehabilitation program at BGH. (Brockville General Hospital via Newswatch Group)

In this photo provided by the Brockville General Hospital, Jason Lafave, BCP Kinesiologist; Ken Alexander, Treasurer, BGVA; Dave Bessant, President, BGVA; Helen Ostap, Registered Nurse; Doreen Strader, patient; Karen Matte, VP BGVA and Linda Dickson, BGVA receive a cheque for the heart rehabilitation program at BGH. (Brockville General Hospital via Newswatch Group)

Roughly 125 patients graduate every year from the program that puts them through their paces of recovery following surgery in Kingston or Ottawa.

Patients are referred by their doctor to the service, at the Charles Street site, and go rough six or 12 week programs of exercise, education or counselling in their recuperation.

There is a physician, kinesiologist, dietician, nurse, respiratory therapist and pharmacist on staff.

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