New Milford Hospital has relocated its cardiac rehabilitation program to newly renovated space adjacent to the facility's expanded cafe.

Hospital officials say the new location is bigger and brighter, a refurbished space with views of the town.

Established in 2007, the hospital's cardiac rehabilitation program was named a Wellness Center and located on Grove Street in New Milford.

"Today, the medically supervised program is located at the hospital, with more than 50 patients who exercise in the new location," exercise physiologist Molly Gill said.

The cardiac rehab program provides individualized care specific to one's physical abilities and goals. This includes education, counseling, and behavioral intervention tailored to the patients' individual needs.

In addition, the program also provides risk reduction and nutrition education in a group setting or individually.

As reported by hospital officials:

Phase 1 of the cardiac rehab program is an inpatient education meeting regarding lifestyle changes.

Phase 2 is a 12-week (three times a week) regimen and dietary counseling by physician referral following a patient's hospital discharge.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 are typically covered by insurance.

At the end of Phase 2, patients have the option of joining the Phase 3 maintenance program, which is focused on ongoing exercise, lifestyle modification and maintaining gains.

Among the features of the program are EKG monitoring by an exercise physiologist; new exercise equipment including treadmills, recumbent bikes, ellipticals, airdyne bikes, Nustep cross trainers, arm ergometer and free weights; and convenient class times.

For more information or for a referral, patients and physicians may call 860-210-5328.