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HackensackUMC Presents Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year Awards

March 22, 2012 10:08 AM
Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year Awards


The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Heart Center at HackensackUMC, held its tenth annual awards ceremony to name the “Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year.”  The awards recognize the efforts of patients who have initiated the most significant changes to their risk factors for heart disease, including reducing body weight, managing hypertension and lipids, managing diabetes through diet and exercise, managing stress and staying optimistic.

One of the awards, theBarbara Bannan Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award, was received by Kyongok Kim, of Hackensack, a senior child life specialist at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.  The second award, the Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award, was presented to Myron Zupnik of Passaic. 

“The level of commitment and dedication shown by both of these award recipients is amazing,” said Thomas P. Mahady of Teaneck, senior exercise physiologist of Cardiac Services at HackensackUMC.  “Kyongok and Myron have worked very hard to overcome old habits and become healthier. Their efforts are to be commended and should serve as an inspiration to others.”

The Heart Center provides a full-range of state-of-the-art invasive and non-invasive diagnostic and treatment services including electrophysiology studies, a state-designated cardiac catheterization center and one of the largest open heart surgery programs in the state.

HackensackUMC is home to the Heart & Vascular Hospital, a state-of-the-art “hospital within a hospital.” This facility houses the latest equipment and programs, and integrates preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services, with a special focus on cardiovascular disease management and breakthrough research. Inpatients and outpatients are treated for all types of cardiac and vascular diseases, including heart problems, such as blocked arteries and irregular heartbeats, peripheral vascular disease and neurovascular diseases, such as stroke and aneurysm.  For more information about Cardiac Services, please visit  or call 551-996-2859.

Pictured from left to right:  Kyongok Kim, of Hackensack, recipient of the Barbara Bannan Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award; Tzvi Zupnik, Passaic; Ketul J. Patel, executive vice president, chief strategy and operations officer, HackensackUMC; Myron Zupnik, of Passaic, recipient of the Ed Wheat Rehabilitation Person of the Year Award; Tova Rosenblatt, Lakewood; Bassie Pirutinsky, Passaic;  Terri Freguletti, vice president, Perioperative and Cardiovascular Services, HackensackUMC; and Thomas P. Mahady of Teaneck, senior exercise physiologist, Cardiac Services at HackensackUMC.



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