Corewell Health West Offers Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation

A comprehensive rehabilitation option for patients at high risk

November 3, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov 3, 2022 – Corewell Health WestTM, formerly Spectrum Health, is now offering Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation, a clinically proven program that provides comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation care for patients who have undergone a cardiac procedure and those who have had a cardiovascular event.

Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) is based on the Pritikin lifestyle program, which includes safe, effective exercise; a balanced eating plan based on minimally processed, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and sensible amounts of lean meat; and a healthy mind-set, which fosters healthy behaviors and empowers patients to take control of their health.

“Leading medical journals have published more than 100 peer-reviewed studies that have validated the Pritikin lifestyle program’s efficacy in addressing heart disease, as well as a variety of other health conditions and diseases,” said Thomas Boyden, MD, Corewell Health West medical director for preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

Boyden said that research shows the program provides an opportunity for improved patient outcomes, such as reduced LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, reduced chronic inflammation, enhanced statin therapy, reversed metabolic syndrome, lowered blood pressure, reduction or elimination of medications, and long-term program adherence.

Pritikin ICR is strongly supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and approved for reimbursement by Medicare and most insurance companies for patients with a qualifying diagnosis. It also offers 72 sessions of exercise and education, twice the number of Medicare-covered sessions compared to traditional programs.

Corewell Health West’s ICR program launched on October 31, 2022 at 2902 Bradford NE in Grand Rapids with future ICR program expansion planned for regional cardiac rehabilitation sites at Corewell Health Big Rapids, Gerber, Ludington and Greenville Hospitals.

Medical conditions that qualify patients for participation in Pritikin ICR include heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, stable angina, heart or heart-lung transplants, and heart valve repair or replacements.

To learn more about Corewell Health West’s ICR program please visit the website at Cardiac Rehabilitation | Spectrum Health.


About Corewell Health West 

Corewell Health West, formerly Spectrum Health, is a not-for-profit health system serving 13 counties in West Michigan. Corewell Health West is a region of Corewell Health™, formerly the BHSH System (Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health) that provides care and coverage with an exceptional team of 60,000+ dedicated people—including more than 11,500 physicians and advanced practice providers and more than 15,000 nurses providing care and services in 22 hospitals, 300+ outpatient locations and several post-acute facilities—and Priority Health, a provider-sponsored health plan serving over 1.2 million members. Through experience and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness. For more information, visit or

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