Are you ready for a little friendly competition? Get ready for the North Pole Challenge

Cardiopulmonary Rehab North Pole Challenge!

Kick off the holiday season with us as we race from Raleigh to the North Pole to see which facility can travel the 3,746.79 miles first!  Are you up for the challenge?

Starting December 1st, staff and patients are encouraged to track their miles.  Distances can include any workout on exercise equipment as well as steps walked during class or at home. For consistency – 2,000 steps will equal 1 mile.

Below you will find the Google doc spreadsheet that you can use to keep track of your miles! Please log your program’s total miles achieved each week along with the total accumulated mileage.

Prize: Bragging rights & an official North Pole certificate!

Google doc link:

Please email Bridget Way from our Membership committee if you have questions


Regional Meeting Power Points

For those that have attended or will be attending the Regional Meetings, here are the power point slides that we were given permission to post.

ERAS WakeMed Story for REHAB FINAL 10.22

Heart Failure and Exercise NC Cpulm rehab Oct 2022

NCCRA Piedmont Region Meeting Nutrition

NCCRA Stress PResentation

Pulmonary Rehab and Special Considerations in the Post-COVID Population

Cardiac Rehab Conference Presentation – Buff & Seivert

NCCRA Presentation – Konrady 2022

POTs NCCRA Presentation

Program management pearls 2022 Fall coastal meeting

rehabpresentation – Rommel

Weight Stigma Presentation – Wall


Palliative care decisions PPT_

What the heck is ICR_NCCRA Mtn Region Mtg

Mountain region utilizing volunteers

Regional Fall meetings kick off this month – which one will you attend?

Educational opportunities that might interest our membership

NC Thoracic Society is holding a conference Sept 24 at Duke entitled Digital Health in Respiratory Diseases and includes talk on wearables and a talk on remote pulmonary rehab by Dr Alva at Cone
Please see below a unique program on digital health that encompasses a broad range of topics. This hybrid meeting will be held at Duke University Hanes House on Sat Sept 24. Our keynote Richard Costello, MD has tremendous perspective on many aspects of making respiratory practice digital. Most speakers will be there in person. Lots of perspective to be gained from this program.
Regards, Roy Pleasants, Executive Director
Digital Health in Respiratory Diseases
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration for in-person attendees
8:00 – 8:15 am Introduction (Mashael Al-Hegelan, MD, MBA President and Praveen Mannam, MD Vice-President North Carolina Thoracic Society)
8:15 – 9:00 am (Keynote) The Journey to a Digital Respiratory Practice (Richard Costello, MD – Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin)
9:00 – 9:35 am Overview of Digital Inhalers in the US (Roy Pleasants, PharmD, UNC)
9:35 – 10:10 am Cybersecurity and Remote Patient Monitoring (Dee Young, HCS UNC CH, Exec Director and CISO Info Technology)
10:10 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:05 am Wearables in Pulmonology: A Landscape of Digital Measures and Connected Sensors (Manuel Fanarajian, MD HumanFirst, Boston)
11:05 – 11:40 am Studies in Pediatric Asthma Employing Digital Health –(Speaker TBA)
11:40 – 12:10 Lunch
12:10 – 12:45 pm Precision Remote Monitoring and Care Through Lung Oscillometry (Rajoshi Biswas, PhD – Cognita Labs, Houston)
12:45 – 1:20 pm Remote Digital Monitoring in OSA (Carlos Nunez, Resmed and Jason Thomason, MD, Salem Chest)
1:20 – 1:55 pm Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Rakesh Alva, MD Cone Health)
1:55 – 2:00 pm Closure
Fee: $50 (LEARNERS ARE FREE, contact NCTS to register.

East Carolina Cardiovascular Symposium 2021: Guideline Directed Medical and Surgical Therapies
7:45 a.m. Welcome and Program Overview Hassan Alhosaini, MD, FACC, FHFSA
8:00 a.m. COVID-19 Cardiovascular Manifestations & Complications Hassan Alhosaini, MD, FACC, FHFSA
8:45 a.m. Updates in Hyperlipidemia Diagnosis & Management R. Scott Wright, MD, FACC, FESC, FAHA
9:30 a.m. What’s New in Essential Hypertension James R. Powell, MD, FACP
10:00 a.m. Break/Exhibits
10:15 a.m. Cardiac MRI in Cardiovascular Medicine Constantin Bogdan Marcu, MD, FACC, FESC, FASE
11:00 a.m. New Developments in Heart Failure Management Adam D. DeVore, MD, MHS, FHFSA, FAHA, FACC
11:45 a.m. Updates in Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Therapy Mark Kolasa, MD
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. What’s New in Valvular Heart Disease Blase Anthony Carabello, MD
2:00 p.m. The Latest in Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis & Therapy Lisa Rose- Jones, MD, FACC
2:45 p.m. Break/Exhibits
3:00 p.m. Updates in Adult Congenital Heart Disease Richard Krasuski, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC
3:30 p.m. Cardiovascular Disease During Pregnancy Courtney B. Saunders, MD
4:00 p.m. Post-Cardiac Surgery Recovery Gina McConnell, BSN, RN, CCRN

Dare to Own the Power of Your Voice
Designed to serve as inspiration to help healthcare professionals remember and reconnect to the power of their voice when navigating professionally and personally. Grounded in Dr. Katrina Hutchins’ innovative research on voice and the creation of The Voice Positioning System (VPS)™, the overall goal of the session is to give participants insights and strategies for harnessing the power of individual and collective voice to maximize professional and personal well-being. The aim of the session is for participants to be energized, engaged, educated, and empowered, while gaining an understanding of how daring to own the power of voice does the following:
• Enhances personal and professional well-being
• Catalyzes support, inspiration, creativity, productivity, and cohesiveness
• Establishes a mode of operation that leads to greater positive impact and success

Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes (Livestream Event)
Participants will self-assess a gain in knowledge related to understanding the risk factors, prevention, and targeted treatment guidelines for people with type two diabetes associated cardiovascular disease.

ScottCare Forward Symposium The registration page for the Forward Symposium is now live! You can visit it at: Feel free to share the link with colleagues or share a social media post from the ScottCare Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter page.




Fall Regional Meetings are coming back!!

We are excited to tell you that the NCCRA Fall Regional Meetings are back!  Please continue to check back for more information about each regional VPs plans

Piedmont region
Friday, October 21, 2022
9am – 3pm
Medical Park of Cary
210 Ashville Avenue, Cary, NC 27518
1st Floor, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
RSVP please email Amy Birling
For more information NCCRA Fall Meeting 2022
Agenda:  Agenda NCCRA Meeting Fall 2022

Coastal region
Friday, November 4, 2022
8:30am – 4:30pm
1415 Physicians Dr.
Wilmington, NC
1st floor conference room
RSVP or questions
For more information COASTAL REGION FALL MEETING 2022

Mountain region
Thursday, November 10, 2022
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Heart Path Cardiac Rehabilitation
Asheville Cardiology Associates
5 Vanderbilt Park Dr.
Asheville, NC 28803
RSVP to:


Meet the Discipline chairs

Dr. Matt Whited
Psychology Discipline Chair





Tell us what led you to run for the position on the NCCRA Board of Directors

I’m involved with AACVPR conference planning and I have a great group of mental health colleagues in that organization, so I leapt at the opportunity to make connections like that closer to home.

Please provide a bio highlighting special training, skills or hobbies that you bring to your profession and the board of directors.  Please focus on the professional qualifications and strengths

I’m a clinical health psychologist, so my strengths lie in helping people improve their health behaviors and ameliorating any mental health factors that are interfering with making changes in health behaviors. I am a faculty member at East Carolina University and much of my work centers around research and training of future doctoral-level health psychologists. I’m partnered with my local CVPR (at ECU Health in Greenville formerly Vidant Medical Center) where we provide psychosocial support and education to patients. We’re also experimenting with innovative treatments to increase patient success with CVPR.

Describe the direction that you would like NCCRA to take in the future and what part you would like to take in that journey

I would like to continue to expand the role of mental health care in facilitating CVPR attendance and engagement.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy fishing quite a bit, especially with friends and family. I also do a bit of woodworking on the side.

Meet your new Regional Vice Presidents for the Mountain and Piedmont Region

Joel Tipton
New Regional VP for the Mountain region



I received my BS degree in exercise science from Kent State University and completed graduate studies at Ball State University leading to certifications from The American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Specialist (CES), Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP), and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP). In 1991 I started my career in cardiopulmonary rehab in Ft. Lauderdale Florida that included starting and managing cardiac and pulmonary rehab at Cleveland Clinic Florida. In Florida, I also served on the board of the Florida Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Association in various positions including president in 1996-97. In 2001 I moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina to manage Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab at Pardee Hospital that included a major expansion and centralization of services including diabetes education, physical, occupational, aquatic, and speech therapy, and a comprehensive medical wellness center. I also served our NCCRA board from 2008-2012 as Mountain Vice President, President Elect, and President. In 2012 NCCRA received the award from AACVPR as “Outstanding Affiliate Society” at the AACVPR annual national conference. In 2012 my family experienced some traumatic events that necessitated my attention and focus toward my family. As such, I chose to pull back from all “extracurricular” activities at that time. My family is doing much better now and I now feel ready to do whatever I can to promote our common goals toward advancing the quality of our rehabilitation and prevention programs while increasing accessibility to our patients by eliminating or reducing barriers…..including financial, legislative, regulatory, and logistical barriers. I presently and proudly work at AdventHealth Hendersonville as Coordinator of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. If elected, I look forward to getting to know and serve our Mountain Region and NC state members the best I can. In my spare time I serve as a volunteer ski patroller at a local ski area (Cataloochee) and also enjoy hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking.


Amy Birling
New Regional VP for the Piedmont region



Amy Birling has worked in the field of cardiac rehabilitation for over 15 years. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She holds several certifications including AACVPR CCRP, ACSM CEP, ACSM EP-C, ACSM EIM-Level 3, and CEPA-ASCM RCEP. Amy has worked at WakeMed Health and Hospitals for the past 15 years where, as the Cary Cardiac Rehab Program Director, has led the team to multiple PRC 5-Star Designations for Excellence in Healthcare. She has also been a recipient of WakeMed’s Circle of Excellence and Clinical Excellence Awards and is a graduate of the Aspiring Leaders Program.

Meet our NCCRA Nutrition Chair

Judith M. Hinderliter
UNC Wellness Centers at Meadowmont




Tell us what led you to run for the position on the NCCRA Board of Directors

My involvement on the Board was initiated by my supervisor when she was serving as the NCCRA president.  The position of Nutrition Discipline Chair became open under her tenure, so she asked if I was interested.  I was also CV Director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dpg. and thought it would be a good fit.  My goal has been to make nutrition an important part of

Cardiac Rehab programs.


Please provide a bio highlighting special training, skills or hobbies that you bring to your profession and the board of directors.  Please focus on the professional qualifications and strengths.

I have been a RDN for over 44 years.  My first job was with a Cardiac Rehab Program that was an NIH study at Washington University Medical School in St Louis in 1978.  Having just run Boston and NYC Marathons, I knew I had found my niche…nutrition and exercise!!!  Working with folks to lead a heart healthy lifestyle, as well as getting to know them instead of doing a diet instruction as they were heading out the door from the hospital  was so much more helpful and rewarding.  After getting my MPH at U of Michigan, I worked as a Nutritionist with an NIH Adolescent Obesity study and in Pediatric Cardiology Clinic at the U of M; as a Program Director for Carolina Fitness at UNC (that I modeled after CR), as a Nutritionist for Women’s Health Initiative (UNC 1 of 40 centers that had women on low fat diets to see if it lowered their risk of heart disease and cancer) and for  the past 13 years I have been a Nutritionist at the UNC Hospitals Wellness Centers a Meadowmont working with Cardiac Rehab.  I feel my many experiences, as well as being married to a cardiologist, have continued to fuel my passion for promoting a heart healthy lifestyle.  

Describe the direction that you would like NCCRA to take in the future and what part you would like to take in that journey

I would like to see NCCRA continue to support CR programs as they grow and try new ways of providing care either in person, home based or virtually.  Having programs share what works and what doesn’t so we can all provide the best care would be helpful.


What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, you can find me running (slowly…), daily hiking with my 2 Golden retrievers, reading, spending time with my kids and grandkids, or traveling. A recent trip to celebrate turning 65 and our 40th wedding anniversary was an 8 day rafting trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, sleeping under the stars, and going over 244 rapids!

Congratulations to the winners of the Pulmonary Rehab week contest

Congrats to our Pulmonary Rehab winners!


Our Fitness Challenge winner is Kaylee (EP)– 95 “Sit to Stands”!!!!!!!! from Wayne UNC Health in Goldsboro


Our facility winner is ARMC (Alamance Regional) in Burlington!


Thank you all for entering and for creating some wonderful fun for yourselves and your patients!


Please share this news with your teams and we hope to see you next week on the first day of our Virtual Symposium (Tuesday March 29th)!  There is still time to register and receive a discount for signing up early! Discount ends Wednesday March 23rd!

Meet the NCCRA Board – Mary Ann Compton, Secretary

Mary Ann Compton
UNC Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC




Tell us what led you to run for the position on the NCCRA Board of Directors

My involvement on the Board of Directors was initiated by my supervisor when she was serving as the NCCRA president.  The position of secretary became open under her tenure, so she asked if I was interested.  I must say that I was very hesitant at first, because I knew that there would be a significant time-commitment.  However, my supervisor had never led me astray, and she assured me that it would be a good experience for me.  As per usual, she was right! 

While I was a bit intimated at first, I soon became swept up in the energy and enthusiasm that the board members had for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab and for NCCRA.  And I quickly realized that I was making connections with colleagues in a way that I had not prior to my participation on the board.  We were able to share ideas and collaborate on a regular basis.  I no longer went to the symposium intimidated by the number of people I didn’t know but had connections with other board members and their teams in turn.  Additionally, as secretary, being responsible for the registration process has allowed me to put a face with names and connect with members by phone or email.

Please provide a bio highlighting special training, skills or hobbies that you bring to your profession and the board of directors.  Please focus on the professional qualifications and strengths.

I have worked in Cardiac Rehab for over 20 years.  I have primarily worked at UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehab as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist but have also worked in programs in Nebraska and Oklahoma as I followed by husband’s US Air Force assignments.  I feel the experience of working in programs of different sizes and stages of development has been beneficial to my career.  I completed a Master of Arts in Exercise Physiology at UNC (way back when!) and have both the CCEP and CCRP certifications.  My current role is Program Director at UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehab. 

I’m not sure that I have any special skills that I bring to the table as secretary, other than a commitment to the team and organization and a desire to do my part.  The NCCRA has a proud history.  We owe a huge debt to our predecessors who worked hard to establish the organization that has been a model for others across the country.  And I feel that we have a responsibility to sustain and build the organization so that it stays strong for the future. 

Describe the direction that you would like NCCRA to take in the future and what part you would like to take in that journey

We all know that COVID has changed our world.  Prior to 2020, home-based cardiac rehabilitation was just a thought.  Now virtual or hybrid programs could play a large part in our future.  Through my years of experience, I’ve seen cardiac rehab, once more like an after-thought in the minds of physicians, become so well-supported by the medical community.  I would like to see NCCRA continue to be a vital resource for our programs as we all navigate the future of cardiac and pulmonary rehab. 

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, you can find me running, reading, spending time with my family, or going to the beach.  If I’m able to do the first three on the list AT the beach, then I’m in a perfect world!


The Board looks forward to “seeing you” at the upcoming NCCRA symposium.  For more information please visit