New Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager comes home to BWFH
Aggie Casey, RN, MS
"I think I was looking for a little more of a community feel," Casey says of her decision to return to BWFH. She explains, "In general, it seems like it’s easier to access a larger volume of patients in a community setting than in a tertiary setting." Patients at BWFH do not have to drive into the city and pay for expensive parking garages. Here they simply drive up to the front door, valet park and find Cardiac Rehabilitation right there on the first floor. "It can’t be any more convenient," she says.
As Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager, Casey hopes to increase access to patients. "My goal is to not have people wait more than two to four weeks from the time they’re referred." she says. Currently Cardiac Rehabilitation runs four groups with eight patients per session, but starting August 1 they will run five groups. Casey also hopes to add an additional evening group after that to accommodate more patients and their busy schedules.
In addition to more groups, Casey says she plans to rework the program for a more balanced approach. She says she will be "adding more of a balanced lifestyle modification program that includes monitored exercise, nutrition counseling and stress management."
Casey has co-authored two books: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure and Mind Your Heart: A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise and Nutrition for Heart Health. Outside of work, she keeps busy with her family, hobbies and love of animals. "I participate in yoga classes on a regular basis. I love to garden. I have two rescue dogs so I spend a fair amount of time with them," she says.