Cardiac Wellness at Ellenville Regional Hospital

For immediate release

August 22, 2019

Contact: Debbie Briggs

845 647-6400



Cardiac Wellness at Ellenville Regional Hospital


The Ellenville Regional Rural Heath Network (RHN) partners are pleased to announce that they have secured a three-year, $600,000 grant through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). The grant funding will allow the RHN partners to implement several evidence-based community outreach and clinical improvement strategies to reduce population cardiovascular risk. Over the 3-year period, the Cardiac Wellness project will combine clinical prevention screenings, nutrition counseling, and physical therapy, utilizing an evidence-based model to create lasting lifestyle changes that will improve and sustain good cardiovascular health in a cohort of patients. The project will offer Calcium Scoring CT’s and Carotid Screening Ultrasounds to at-risk patients at no cost to the patient. Patients whose clinical screenings indicated they are at elevated risk will be eligible to receive nutrition counseling and Cardiac Wellness physical therapy to create lifestyle changes that reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


“Over the past year, many community members have expressed to the Rural Health Network staff that they wished for a nutritionist who they could speak to about their diet plans.” Said Victoria Reid, Ellenville Regional Rural Health Network. “We are very excited to be able to offer nutritional counseling and more free nutrition-based programs in the community as a result of being awarded this grant. Our nutrition counseling is free to all community residents, and will not be billed through insurance. Additional on-going nutrition counseling is available to those signed up for the cohort.” She added, “The Rural Health Network strives to ensure that the programs we are offering align with the community needs and wants. We are hosting a Community Conversation on September 18, 2019, from 5:00-6:30pm at Tony and Nicks in Ellenville. We would love everyone to come out and tell us more about what they think we can do to improve the health of our community, so we can continue implementing projects like this one! “


How should potential patients be considered for the program?

Those who have risk factors for cardiovascular disease are eligible for this program. If you are interested in learning more about eligibility, please call the Rural Health Network Community Health Worker, Brandon Bogert, at 845-647-6400 ext.205. If you have diabetes, are taking medication for hypertension, have elevated blood pressure, use nicotine products, or are overweight, it is likely you are eligible for this program. The Rural Health Network also offers a number of free community programs open to anyone, regardless of eligibility status.