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CommonSpirit Health Cardiopulmonary Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa

Cardiopulmonary Specialist

MercyOne Des Moines Medical CenterDes Moines, Iowa

Requisition ID 2022-250127 Employment Type PRN Department Cardiac Rehabilitation Hours/Pay Period 0 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Day Remote No Category Technician


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit Catholic medical centers in Des Moines West Des Moines Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care pediatric internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893 MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state with more than 7000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.



Under the supervision of the medical director and manager; assesses, plans, organizes, implements and evaluates rehabilitation program for cardiac, pulmonary and vascular adult patients. Supervises and monitors exercise prescription and provides education for clients within the framework of a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Assist in Phase I with inpatient ambulation, risk factor education and instruction in home exercise program

  • Implements medically supervised plan of care for Phase II (outpatient) and Phase III (maintenance) cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients

  • Provide patient intake appointments; including referral follow-up, scheduling, patient orientation and baseline assessment

  • Provides exercise prescription for patients utilizing assessment data, patient status and current medication regimen; updates prescriptions according to patient response

  • Leads warm-up, endurance and cool-down exercise

  • Monitors, assess, treat, and document patient tolerance of exercise in accordance with policies and procedures; monitors ECG, blood pressures, rate of perceived exertion

  • Recognizes contraindications to exercise abnormal patient response, and responds appropriately

  • Updates treatment plans and documents progress in medical record

  • Assists with patient/family education

  • Maintains and uses equipment properly; reports to supervisor repair needs, supplies

  • Participates in department meetings and quality metrics and goal attainment, assigned projects, performance improvement plans, and inservices

  • Promotes a positive and cooperative atmosphere within the work unit; displays adaptability to change.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS: (Some of these may be essential functions based on assignment)

  • Contributes to community service activities related to cardiopulmonary disease.

  • Assists in inventory and ordering of supplies; writes up daily participant list for lab.

  • Assists in maintenance of safe, clean work environment.

  • Acts as a resource for participants and students

  • Provides input for program maintenance and development.

  • Transports patients to/from rooms.





  • Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, exercise science or related health field.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained within three (3) months of hire.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

  • Experience in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program or internship

  • Experience with patient education, arrhythmia recognition, lifestyle coaching, exercise equipment helpful

  • Completion of EKG cardiac monitoring class within 6 months of hire date.

  • Computer experience required



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