St. Luke’s Health System opened a $1.8 million new cardiac rehabilitation center in Meridian June 2 that will help keep heart patients in the Treasure Valley.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a physician-supervised program for patients who have had a heart attack or other heart problems. It includes exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle changes designed to increase healing and prevent future heart problems.
St. Luke’s spokesman Ken Dey said the new St. Luke’s Heart Health and Rehabilitation Center, located in a building the hospital owns at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center in Meridian, is the first of its kind in Idaho.
“This will provide something that a lot of people had to go out of town for previously, or they would just try to set up a program here locally through a health club or something like that,” said Dey.
In the last few years, Medicaid and private insurance companies have started reimbursing providers for cardiac rehabilitation programs. Users must be referred by a physician.