Rehabilitation and Wellness

The Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute is dedicated to providing the full spectrum of cardiac services. The Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Centers offer exercise programs, education and support to improve the quality of life for all patients with heart disease symptoms and risk factors. Our goal is to reduce the possibility of a first or recurrent cardiac event. Our physicians are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team that consists of nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists and respiratory therapists. We work with area primary care physicians and specialists to ensure that each patient’s unique needs are met.

Wellness Programs

  • Smoking cessation
  • Yoga
  • Stress Management
  • Personal fitness and exercise plans
  • Nutrition for heart health
  • Free online heart screening



A mind-body program offers a balanced and holistic approach to heart health that combines lifestyle changes while partnering with your physician for an optimal outcome.

The St. Mary’s Hospital Cardiac Wellness Center at the Heart Institute has a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program specifically prescribed to patients who have been hospitalized for coronary artery disease (CAD), a heart attack, coronary artery bypass, angioplasty/stents, or are being treated for angina. A program is also available on a self-pay basis for those who have risk factors for CAD such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity, stress or sedentary lifestyle.

After individual assessments and goal-setting sessions with an interdisciplinary team that includes a cardiologist, registered nurse, dietitian and exercise specialist, participants attend 12 weekly, two-hour clinics. The weekly session includes monitored exercise, relaxation techniques with stress management and a lecture or discussion. Patients may attend additional weekly exercise sessions to meet individual need and schedules or choose a less comprehensive program, attending one-hour exercise sessions up to three times a week without the two-hour clinic. While continuing medical treatment with their physician, we correspond regularly to achieve optimal coronary health and healing.

The Cardiac Wellness Program is modeled after the program at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. The St. Mary’s Cardiac Wellness Center also offers lifestyle modification programs that include smoking cessation, yoga, exercise assessment with prescription and a Lunch & Learn program.  Research shows that these programs are successful in helping patients when they participate regularly and follow through with lifestyle changes.

The Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute Prevention and Early Detection Program offers comprehensive services to diminish the impact of heart disease in the communities we serve. We offer community educational seminars and free screening opportunities through our extensive outreach efforts. Our free online heart assessment, HeartAware, has helped thousands of people understand their cardiac risk factors and the steps they can take to improve their overall health.

Visit the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular webpage for more information about prevention services.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation moves beyond the patient’s hospital care to include services designed to restore the patient to optimal health. Our cardiologists and heart surgeons at the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute are dedicated to providing the full spectrum of cardiac services. Our physicians are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team committed to reducing risk of a recurring event. Both St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center and soon to open St. Francis Medical Center offer certified cardiac rehabilitation services.
Our cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to assist you and your family in making appropriate heart healthy lifestyle choices to address cardiac risk factors. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease (angina, angioplasty/ stent, congestive heart failure, heart attack or heart surgery), are at risk for developing heart disease (high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol profile, diabetes) this program will benefit you. We provide a safe, supervised, individually prescribed exercise program designed to help you reduce symptoms, increase stamina and maintain a healthy heart.  We also provide an opportunity to meet with our licensed dietitian to help you plan a heart healthy diet and stress management strategies designed to optimize your overall well-being.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to help patients breathe better while helping our patient’s lungs and heart work more efficiently so they can enjoy more active lives. Our program at Memorial Regional Medical Center optimizes patients’ physical, psychological and social functioning through exercise conditioning, strength training, nutritional counseling, activities of daily living, education and emotional support. Our Pulmonary patients work closely with our respiratory therapist to develop a plan that is individualized and specific to our patient’s diagnosis. Candidates include those who have experienced acute, chronic obstructive and restrictive pulmonary diseases, such as:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Lung Cancer
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

 Learn more at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.