The initial request to open a cardiac rehab came out of one of BP Oddo’s Heart Health Roundtables in 2016. BP Oddo then worked with those in the health and wellness community to turn this idea into a reality. To help bring cardiac rehab to RUMC, BP Oddo has allocated $250,000 of taxpayer money for this project.
“People are fortunate to get a second lease on life. We want to do be able to do everything to give them a healthy and happy life following the surgery. Cardiac rehab does that. There’s no reason that a borough of 500,000 people should not have it,” BP Oddo said. “Just about every medical or health indicator gets better with cardiac rehab. The patient improves his or her physical endurance, physical strength, balance, their ability to do just about anything.”
"Cardiac rehab patients not only live longer, they live better," noted Dr. Mitchell Fogel, Sr. Vice President, Chair of Department of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at RUMC.
There has been no cardiac rehab facility on Staten Island for several years, forcing recovering heart patients to go to other boroughs or New Jersey for this important service. The cardiac rehab at RUMC will be up and running by early next year.
BP Oddo has also allocated $250,000 for a new cardiac rehab center at Staten Island University Hospital, which is in the process of planning for its new facility.