October 04, 2017
Frank was one of the most kindhearted patients UPMC Hamot has ever served, and when he passed away in May 2016, we found out that he had left 25 percent of his estate to benefit the UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute. To say that we were “blown away” is an understatement.
Most recently, a portion of his gift has been used to help the Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center in Sterling Square to purchase more medical-grade treadmills, stationary bicycles, and strength training equipment. This equipment will be used to help patients reach their goal of increasing cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.
The Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center offers both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for people recently diagnosed with heart disease or recovering from a heart procedure.
The center receives 500 cardiac rehab patient visits and 250 pulmonary rehab patient visits every month. Each patient is given individualized exercise and health improvement plans, and with this type of volume, it’s essential that we maintain top-notch, high-quality fitness equipment for those patients — patients like Frank.
Most patients are in a cardiac or pulmonary rehab program for six to 12 weeks, visiting the center three days a week. We know that this new fitness equipment will be highly utilized and encourage patients to make lasting lifestyle changes as they are taught how to lead a healthier life. We could not be more grateful for this gift from Frank or the selflessness and generosity that inspired it!