Westerly Hospital offers supportive, impactful programs to help you create and maintain better health.

Arthritis Exercise Program

Westerly Hospital is pleased to bring back the arthritis exercise class to the Westerly Senior Center located at 39 State Street in Westerly.  The class is a 6-week exercise class for people living with any type of arthritis.  Classes will include health education, exercise for motion, strengthening, endurance, and balance.  The classes will be taught by Rhode Island licensed Physical, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistants from Westerly Hospital.  

For information or to register, call Chris Smith at Westerly Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department at 401-596-3593.  We will be able to enroll 20 people per class.  Cost for the 6-week class is $35.  

Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program

Westerly Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department in partnership with the Ocean Community YMCA in Westerly offers a Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program open to adults of all ages and fitness levels.

The hospital portion of the program includes:

  • 12 telemetry monitored exercise sessions
  • Individualized exercise prescription created by exercise physiologists
  • Educational topics presented at each session

After the completion of the hospital portion, the participant can choose to be referred to the optional YMCA program which includes:

  • Eight-week membership to the Ocean Community YMCA
  • Wellness Center orientation
  • Meeting with a personal trainer
  • Heart rate monitor

This program is for adults of all ages and fitness levels.   A physician referral is required for admission into this program.  To be eligible, you must have one of the following risk factors:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Stress
  • Family History of Heart Disease
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Smoker

Sessions are held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Morgan Medical Building, Suite 101, located at 45 Wells Street in Westerly.  The cost is $94 for the 12 sessions ($7.83 per session). For more information about the program, contact the Cardiac Rehab department at 401-348-3793.

Following the 12 sessions, participants have the option to be referred to the Ocean Community YMCA for an optional 8-week membership for an additional $95. This membership includes meetings with certified personal trainers, access to a heart rate monitor and all the programs that the Ocean Community YMCA offers.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Westerly Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers a 12-week, medically-supervised program of monitored cardiovascular conditioning, behavioral modification and nutrition education to reduce risk factors associated with heart disease. The program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).  Participation in this program requires a physician referral following at least one of the following events: heart attack, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, stent placement, valve surgery, heart transplant or a recent diagnosis of chronic stable angina.  For more information, call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at 401-348-3793.

Diabetes Education

Do you have diabetes? Westerly Hospital offers a comprehensive, five-week group education course to help you gain practical knowledge and skills needed to manage your diabetes successfully.

The course is conducted by our multidisciplinary team of dieticians, nurses and pharmacists, all Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOE). The program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, which means that it meets the highest standards of care for diabetes education.

With a physician’s referral, many health insurers will cover the cost of these sessions. Be sure to call your individual health insurance provider to determine if your plan covers diabetes education sessions.

The course covers:

  •         The fundamentals of nutritional management
  •         Label reading and meal planning options
  •         Guidelines for eating out and special occasions
  •         Glucose monitoring
  •         Medication management
  •         Insulin treatment and administration
  •         Sick-day care
  •         Foot care
  •         Exercise and stress management
  •         Prevention of complications

For more information and to register, please call the Hospital’s Diabetes Clinic at 401-348-3533 or 800-933-5960, extension 3533, or email us at diabetes@westerlyhospital.org.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Westerly Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab Program provides patients with education on lung disease process and management, as well as a monitored exercise program provided by Respiratory Therapists.

The program takes place in the Morgan Building, Suite 101 at 45 Wells Street, Westerly. For more information, call 401-348-3490 

Smoking Cessation

Westerly Hospital’s Respiratory Care depart­ment periodically offers a smoking cessation program called “Freedom from Smoking.” Sessions are held for seven consecutive weeks with 2 sessions the Quit Week for extra support. The program is facilitated by respiratory therapists trained in the American Lung Association program. Participants learn tools and strategies to recover from tobacco addiction and help them stay quit for good. The cost is $25 per participant for materials.

For information on this program, contact Gerrie Richards at 401.348.3490 or grichards@westerlyhospital.org.

Strong Women Exercise Program

Women at mid-life and older—want to improve your muscle strength, balance and bone density?

Westerly Hospital’s fun and simple StrongWomen program is a supervised, moderate-intensity exercise program designed for you. It includes general nutrition information for bone loss prevention and general well-being. And exercise physiologists from our cardiac rehabilitation department are specially trained as StrongWomen Program Leaders to ensure you get the safe, effective exercise you need to support your health and well-being.

Classes meet for one hour, two times per week. Cost is $48 per six-week session.

Call 401-348-3882 for information on upcoming classes and specific times offered.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Training

Westerly Hospital, in partnership with the Washington County Coalition for Children, offers a free, two-part certification training course on Youth Mental Health First Aid. The course is facilitated by Westerly Hospital physician Robert Harrison, MD.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a mental health literacy program designed to teach adults a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people facing mental health challenges or in crisis situations as well as connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-care they need. This course is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18 – teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, police officers, youth group leaders, parents, and other caring citizens. The interactive curriculum teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders.

This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 25 participants. For inforamtion, contact Dr. Robert Harrison at rharrison@westerlyhospital.org or 401-316-4134.