Acknowledgments and Contributors

This Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package was completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) with the purpose of helping cardiac rehabilitation programs, hospital quality improvement teams, and public health professionals who partner with these groups to implement systems and strategies that improve care for patients who are eligible for cardiac rehabilitation. AACVPR is a multidisciplinary professional association comprised of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.


This document was conceptualized and authored by: Hilary K. Wall, MPH,1 Haley Stolp, MPH (IHRC, Inc.), Briana Lucido, MPH, CHES,1 and Kaitlin Graff, MSW, MPH.1


The following individuals contributed subject matter expertise, identified tools and resources, and reviewed the document: Janet Wright, MD, FACC,1 Todd M. Brown, MD, MSPH, FACC, FAACVPR (University of Alabama at Birmingham),2 Tracy Herrewig, MS, RCEP, FAACVPR (Ascension Mercy Hospital),3 Steven J. Keteyian, PhD, FAACVPR (Henry Ford Health System),2 Amy Knight, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham),2 Karen Lui, RN, MS, MAACVPR (GRQ, LLC),2 Ana Mola, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, MAACVPR (NYU Langone Health),2 Randal Thomas, MD, MS, MAACVPR, FACC, FAHA (Mayo Clinic),2 Kathleen Traynor, RN, MS, FAACVPR (Massachusetts General Hospital),2 Janice Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRP (Christiana Care Health System), Tamara Garwick, MA, RCEP, FAACVPR (Mount Carmel Health System), and Shawn Leth, MEd, CEP (Mayo Clinic).


The following individuals provided review and feedback on the document: Mary G. George, MD, MSPH, FACS, FAHA,1 Judy Hannan, RN, MPH,1 Salvatore Lucido, JD, MPA,1 Betsy Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH,1 Barbara Courtney, MS, RCEP, FAACVPR (Adventist HealthCare), Kathleen Tong, MD (University of California, Davis), and Mark Williams, PhD (Creighton University School of Medicine).

Graphic Design and Editorial Assistance

Graphic and HTML design support was provided by Shelby Barnes, MPH, CHES,1 Booker Daniels, MPH,1 Susan Davis (Northrop Grumman Corporation), and Jessica Spraggins, MPH.1 Editorial support was provided by Jena Eberly Stack, MEd, PMP,3 Megan Cohen, MPA, CAE,3 and Hannah Muerhoff, BA.3

We would like to extend special thanks to the following organizations for their willingness to share tools and resources to improve cardiac rehabilitation referral, enrollment, and participation as further denoted within the Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package:

Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, Milton, MA
Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
Genesis Hospital, Zanesville, OH
Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
Lake Regional Health System, Osage Beach, MO
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
Mount Carmel Health System, Mount Carmel, OH
NYU Langone Health, New York, NY
Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Rochester Regional Health, Rochester, NY
Southwest Florida Heart Group, Fort Myers, FL
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
3American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Headquarters

For More Information

Hilary K. Wall, MPH
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2018.

Page last reviewed: October 24, 2019