Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehab manager accepted into national medical fellowship

Lexington Medical Center employee John Leech has been accepted into the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (photo provided)

Lexington Medical Center employee John Leech has been accepted into the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (photo provided)

A Lexington Medical Center employee who aids patients making significant lifestyle changes in order to improve their health has been accepted into a prestigious national organization.

John Leech, manager of the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, has become a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Medical professionals who demonstrate outstanding service and excellence in patient care are eligible to apply.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be recognized for my contributions to cardiac rehabilitation at the state and national level,” Leech said.

Leech was required to submit a resume listing his service in the field of cardiac rehabilitation in addition to peer recommendations and evidence of a high degree of professional development and commitment.

Leech works on a daily basis with patients who have suffered a cardiac incident. He puts them on a path to recovery by giving them a tailored program with aspects including health nutrition, exercise and stress management. The goal of the Cardiac Rehabilitation program is to prevent people from having future cardiac-related problems by helping them to better manage their health.

Leech also collaborates with staff members in the cardiac rehab unit to ensure patients have a pleasant experience at Lexington Medical Center.

“Becoming a Fellow in AACVPR has strengthened my commitment to provide our patients with the best possible care,” he said.

Leech began working in the area of cardiac rehabilitation in 1984 and has worked at medical facilities in Texas, Wisconsin and South Carolina. The job has a personal connection for him as his father passed away from a heart attack and other members of his family have suffered from cardiovascular disease.

A letter from the association states that Leech is ” … a leader and outstanding professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation”.

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