St. Luke's Heart
Health and Rehabilitation Center
Located at St. Luke's Meridian in the Meadowlake Building, the Health and Rehabilitation Center is the first of its kind in Idaho. The 12,500 square-foot center is designed to optimize our clients' health and quality of life.
The center features more than 80 pieces of heart-healthy exercise equipment, a full-size walking track with a joint-friendly surface, classrooms and audio-visual equipment for ongoing learning opportunities, and a kitchen for heart healthy nutrition presentations and practice.
Thanks to advances in care and treatment, more people are living with cardiovascular disease today than ever before. And with careful, effective management, they can live a full, active life.
A key component to effective management is cardiovascular rehabilitation—a coordinated, multifaceted intervention designed to improve and optimize patients' physical, psychological, and social functioning.
The goal of rehab is to stabilize, slow, or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease. Studies show that cardiac rehab can:
- Reduce overall mortality and cardiac mortality
- Reduce risk of future events
- Reduce hospital readmissions
- Improve quality of life
- Reduce risk factors
- Create a sense of well-being and optimism about the future
The medically supervised cardiac rehab program at St. Luke's is tailored to each client's needs.
The program includes:
- Weight management
- Medication and symptom management
- ECG monitoring
Clients learn to modify risk factors including high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes. They are also counseled on topics such as the appropriate use of prescribed medications and overcoming depression.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, interstitial lung disease, or chronic bronchitis. It’s designed to provide patients with the tools to lead more satisfying lives and restore them to their highest functional capacity. Best of all, it brings them hope.
Pulmonary rehab aims to improve quality of life by:
- Decreasing respiratory symptoms and complications
- Encouraging self-management and control over daily functioning
- Improving physical conditioning and exercise performance
- Improving emotional well-being
- Reducing hospitalizations/readmissions
Patients are closely monitored as they learn how to exercise effectively, breathe properly, and pace themselves. The team designs a personalized plan for each patient, starting with what the patient is able to do and increasing their abilities over time. Components of the program include:
- Medical management
- Breathing retraining and how to live while on oxygen
- Emotional support
- Nutrition counseling
- Support for the caregiver
- Medication management
Dr. Jennifer Shalz is on-site at the Health and Rehabilitation Center to monitor our clients' condition and progress as they move through the prescribed physical activities. Clients also have access to an exercise physiologist, physical therapist, and dietitian, who work with the doctor to help patients achieve optimal health and risk reduction.
Referral to the Health and Rehabilitation Center
Clients can be referred to the center by their physicians. Most clients are heart or lung disease patients, such as those who have:
- Had a heart attack
- Undergone coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement, or catheter-based interventions within the last 12 months
- Symptomatic lung disease such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, interstitial lung disease, or chronic bronchitis
To refer a patient to St. Luke's Heart Health and Rehabilitation Center, or for more information, please call (208) 706-7050.
St. Luke's Heart Health and Rehabilitation Center
3525 E. Louise Drive, Suite 500
Meadowlake Office Building
Phone: (208) 706-7050
Fax: (208) 706-7059