Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator Nadine Greco, MS has a new title: President of the Tri-State Society for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (TSSCVPR). Greco was installed in May at the group’s state symposium in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Greco, who celebrated her unit’s anniversary at the hospital last fall, is excited about her new role.

“I really want to get more students involved in not only my field but in the Society,” said Greco. “Professionally I am an exercise physiologist, and one of my goals is to increase our membership with students pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.” Greco noted that the TSSCVPR membership is made up of more nurses than exercise physiologists.

Greco was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. She completed her Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science Degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Primary Prevention at East Stroudsburg University. Greco went on to acquire a second Master of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from Marywood University. She joined Wayne Memorial Hospital in1992 and helped found the hospitals’ Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

“We’re very proud of Nadine’s election to the presidency of the Tri-State Society,” said James Hockenbury, director of Ancillary Services at Wayne Memorial Hospital. “She is truly dedicated to her patients and to her profession.”

The TSSCVPR, which encompasses Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, is an affiliate of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

“Another goal I have is to encourage our New Jersey and Delaware members to visit their state capitals during Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation weeks,” said Greco.

“It’s important that our state representatives and governor understand the relationship between people in our field and the good health of the citizens in our care. There is a positive benefit for everyone when a cardiac patient is able to regain independence and productivity.”

Greco, along with other Tri-State members visited the Pennsylvania state capital this past March. They were recognized by Senator Lisa Baker and Representative Sandy Major and their fellow representatives during Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. The Wayne County commissioners continued their tradition this year as well of proclaiming Cardiac Rehabilitation Week during February (National Heart Month). Greco holds her post for one year.