Marsha Griggs, RN-BC holds a special certification as a Cardiac Vascular Registered Nurse-Board Certified and has served as coordinator of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang since 1991. Meet Marsha at the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Week Free Heart Health Screenings from February 9-13, 2014.

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) is celebrating National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week from Monday, February 9 through Thursday, February 13, 2014 with a special event “For the Heart, from the Heart” featuring free heart health screenings between 3:00-5:00 p.m. The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department is located in the medical building next to the hospital at 2030 Viborg Road, Suite 108 in Solvang. According to Marsha Griggs, RN-BC, coordinator of the SYVCH Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, “It’s Valentine’s Week! How about showing your heart some love and stop by for a free screening. We’ll check your blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI) and share how to manage heart disease, blood pressure, cholesterol and stress.” For more information, please call the SYVCH Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 805-686-3990.

Founded in 1988, the hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department is a medically supervised outpatient program which includes monitored exercise sessions with assessment, education and counseling by registered nurses as well as nutrition classes with a registered dietitian. According to a study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, “Cardiac rehabilitation participation was associated with a significant 21-34% increase in five year survival rates.” Source:

Griggs stated, “We see patients within weeks of their cardiac event such as heart attacks and cardiac procedures like angioplasty, coronary stents, and open heart surgeries. We are proud to help our patients achieve their health and wellness goals. Come see us in Solvang and celebrate National Cardiac Rehab Week.”


Founded in 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. Located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, SYVCH is part of the not-for-profit Cottage Health System, which includes Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.


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