Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Re-Opens at Delta Hospital


The Delta County Memorial Hospital Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has re-opened with a new Manager, Mark Leach, an exercise physiologist. Recently from Houston, Leach worked for 7.5 years for NASA performing strength and stress testing on astronauts from the USA, Canada, Japan and European countries prior to, and after spaceflight. In addition, he was a member of a multidisciplinary team that conducted research on physiological changes that astronauts experience while in space for long duration.

Leach also worked in a clinical setting as a Vice President of Operations and Director of Cardiovascular Health and Wellness for Vexor Medically Advanced Wellness in Houston, TX. He served in the Army for eight years with duty stations in Europe and the US, with his favorite duty station being in Denver, Colorado.

Leach went to college to attain a bachelor's degree in Exercise & Sports Studies at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX and earned his Master's in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Clinical Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA. Leach moved to the Grand Valley with his Wife, Heather, who is also an exercise physiologist and PhD researcher, currently in the field of cancer rehabilitation.

Leach has set a goal to make the DCMH Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program "the Gold Standard for the Western Slope of Colorado." He is specifically working to improve standardized patient assessments which will show greater positive and repeatable measured outcomes. By the first of 2015 Leach hopes to have a new state-of-the-art telemetry system for improved monitoring of cardiac patients.

Joining Leach will be Colleen Anastasi who came from Washington DC after earning her Master's from the same university in Pennsylvania as Leach did. Her undergraduate work was a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA . Anastasi was a collegiate athlete in field hockey for Cabrini College, where she was a mid-fielder. "Anastasi has a strong passion for patient care and is very accomplished in the field of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise programming.," commented Leach.

"I am delighted with the leadership and care that will be provided in our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. It reflects the commitment of our rehabilitation department and hospital to the wellness of our community," stated Physical Rehabilitation Manager Paula Ravesky.

The newly opened program will be offering Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation educational seminars covering topics:

Cardiac: Coronary Artery Disease and Treatments, Risk Factors for CAD (?), Benefits of Exercise, Angina vs Myocardial Infarction, Understanding Your Cardiac Medications, Stress Management, Understanding Your Lipid Profile, Low Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium Diets, Diabetes Management, Weight Control.

Pulmonary: How Your Lungs Work, Diet and Nutrition, Home 02 & Travel,

Medications, Exercise Why and How, Smoking Cessation, Coping with COPD, Infection Control, Breathing Techniques, MDI's/Nebulizers Use and Care, CPT and Controlled Cough, Pollution, Relaxation and Panic Control, Activities of Daily Living.

The new schedule for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation is:

Cardiac Rehab on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with appointments available from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Pulmonary Rehabilitation with be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursday with appointments from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Cardiac education classes will be held each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Pulmonary education classes will be held each Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and all educational classes will last approximately one hour.

For additional questions about the Delta County Memorial Hospital Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program please call 874-2412.