Regional statistics show that many people may not seek treatment for cardiovascular disease, or neglect follow-up and ongoing care, until the illness becomes significant. The Portage/Gladstone Area My Health Team developed the first Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of its kind within Manitoba. This program was developed in response to higher than average incidences of cardiovascular disease in their service area.
How it Works: The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program receives direct referrals from the Portage District General Hospital, Portage Clinic, the Reh-Fit Centre, the Brandon Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and Prairie Mountain Health. The direct referrals from these sources resulted in more efficient participant enrollment and intake, as well as the delivery of services closer to home. This streamlined process significantly improves efficiencies and patient outcomes by connecting patients to the appropriate supports. Former clients also have the opportunity to participate in a volunteer mentor program by sharing their experiences and stories. To date, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has helped about 30 participants with plans to expand the program in 2020 to meet the demand.