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 initial request to open a cardiac rehab on Staten Island 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 get the programs up and running, BP Oddo allocated $250,000 of taxpayer money to both of the hospitals to start their own cardiac rehab programs. Staten Island University Hospital opened up their own cardiac rehab facility in June.
BP Oddo said, "Two years ago, we had no such facility on Staten Island, and now we have two serving our borough. This the most recent example of how good things happen when we put people in a room at Borough Hall, and we have fierce conversations."
For more information on RUMC’s cardiac rehab, click here.