Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

photo slideshow of man on exercise machine in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation center

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help people recover faster and return to full, productive lives after being hospitalized with a heart event. Qualifying diagnoses or procedures include heart attack, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplantation, and heart failure.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps people with lung disease or other lung conditions cope with the daily limitations of shortness of breath.

Both programs include exercise and education, which are held in group settings. Each individual's exercise prescription is based on his or her own physical capabilities and limitations. Education classes include disease specific information as well as counseling on nutrition, medications, exercise, emotional issues and stress management.

For more information, please call the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at (712)623-7275.


Joan Sink, RN
Kim Plambeck, RN
Lynn Weaver, RT

All classes are held at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Class size is limited.


Ron Crisp-Cardiac Rehab Patient

This letter is my testimonial to the benefits of the cardiac rehabilitation program offered at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. In 2013, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, severe sleep apnea, and chronic kidney disease. I received an implantable pacemaker/defibrillator. I also changed my lifestyle, became aware of what to eat, and lost 30 pounds. In 2014, I incurred further problems, lost another 30 pounds and was put on a heart transplant list. I started rehab in October 2014. (Medicare did not have an approved rehab program until 2014 for congestive heart failure patients.)

I learned that rehab was a lot more than an exercise program. It involved heart healthy eating, medications, emotional aspects, stress, humor, relaxation and socialization. I look forward in going to rehab because the staff are like family and friends. They are always there to help and cheer me on as well as monitoring my progress. The camaraderie with other patients is also fun.

Before I started rehab, I was only able to walk a minute and a half on a treadmill for a stress test. After 15 months of rehab, I can now walk an average of 3 miles within a one hour session. I feel very good and have a positive outlook for the future. I highly recommend the cardiac rehabilitation program and staff at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

Jeanice Lester-Cardiac Rehab Patient

May 31, 2014 changed my life forever. After collapsing at the completion of my 9th Dam to Dam half marathon, I was given a second chance at life. Part of my new "life" was spending time at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab Center. Really, me? I have run marathons, many half marathons and countless 10 K's. After getting past the shock of "yes, it really is me," I spent the next several months learning from the staff. I cannot say enough good things about my cardiac rehab experience. I learned so much, not only the physical things, but how this could affect me mentally, how to control stress, what my meds do for me, what to eat and not eat, plus much more. With everyone's help, I worked through my weeks of rehab with much guidance and support. I continue to run, at a slower pace, and not nearly so many miles, but I am running. The doors of the rehab center are always open to me and this is comforting. Thanks to all who helped me return to the life I know and love. You are the best!

Lowell Schaaf-Cardiac Rehab Patient

In 1997, I had a heart attack and had a 3 way bypass surgery. When I was discharged from the hospital in Omaha, I went to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, in Red Oak for Rehab. The staff was excellent, explaining why we were doing certain things, to get me back on track, they knew what they were doing, and had a very good way of doing it.
After a period of time, I completed my rehab and continued with a maintenance program. At MCMH, I exercised three days a week and enjoyed doing it with other patients.
Several years ago, I had a blood clot issue in my lungs and was on oxygen. The staff helped me while I exercised. Over the years it has been a good time, I look forward to the time together.

Roger Magnussen-Cardiac Rehab Patient

I am comforted that I can exercise in a safe place and still have very professional nurses there who will offer me professional care and advice when I ask. Also, I am getting benefits in other ways, I experience "mind and body" health. I know mentally that the exercise is good for my blood vessels and heart muscle and do feel better when I exercise. Plus, I benefit from social involvement with other people that also attend this cardiac rehab maintenance. I am meeting others who have similar heart issues and we share our experiences and concerns with each other if we choose to and this is a great support for me both mentally and physically. I have met a lot of people and made several new friendships. I know this helps me keep on track to keep exercising. If not for this offered program and at an affordable fee, I am pretty sure I probably wouldn't be exercising like I do now. I am thankful this program is close to home.