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AACVPR Event Recognizes Rehabilitation’s Key Role in Enhancing Quality of Life for Those with Lung Disease

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 19, 2021 – The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has designated March 14-20 as Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, recognizing rehabilitation’s key role in enhancing quality of life for individuals with lung disease. Residents and care team members at Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Alexandria joined in this year’s “Breathe Easy” themed event. Pictured (L-R, seated) are April Banks, RRT, pulmonary specialty program manager, and Robert Quartey, RRT, respiratory director, with (L-R, standing) Dr. Samir Al-Khouri, pulmonary medical director, and Dr. Ahmed Elebiary, attending MD.

Located at 2729 King St., Woodbine provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care, with a range of progressive, specialty skilled nursing services. The facility was recently recognized as Virginia’s top nursing home in Newsweek’s

America’s Best Nursing Homes 2021” and maintains a five-star rating in quality measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Woodbine’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program focuses on promoting independence and quality of life through reducing pulmonary symptoms and decreasing disability in acute and chronic lung patients. As part of its programming, Woodbine offers a dedicated 50-bed ventilator unit; it is the only offering of its kind within a skilled nursing setting in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

“​To me, Breathe Easy at Woodbine means quick intervention,” said Banks. “Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program has a dedicated team of trained and compassionate professionals, and we offer comprehensive resources to improve the status of our residents and ease the minds of our families. Our facility also has all of the necessary equipment to intervene when and if a delicate situation presents itself.”

Woodbine’s pulmonary rehabilitation specialization caters to patients who are ventilator and tracheostomy dependent, have debilitating respiratory conditions and disorders, and who could benefit from 24/7 care provided by respiratory therapists, pulmonologists, and specially trained nurses and caregivers.

Founded in 1985, the AACVPR is a multidisciplinary professional association for those in the pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation field. Its mission is to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management.

Woodbine offers a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on the skilled nursing facility can be found at


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