SGCMH Pulmonary Rehab
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, in operation since 1991, is designed to help participants do what others take for granted - breathe freely. The program focuses on education and physically reconditioning those who suffer with breathing disorders such as emphysema, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), chronic bronchitis, asthma, and occupational or environmental lung diseases. The Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab Department can teach you how to take care of yourself, how to improve your fitness, and how to live a more comfortable life. Any physician may refer a patient to the pulmonary program.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are diseases which cannot be “cured.” However, there are many techniques, treatments, and lifestyle adjustments, which can effectively improve the health of some who have these conditions.
Each individual is unique. That is why a rehabilitation program, with a professional staff that can identify and meet your specific needs, is best.
The benefits of participating in a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program are:
• Increased strength and endurance
• Improved ability to pace activities
• Increased independence
• Reduced anxiety
• Increased ability to cope with a chronic condition
And, most importantly, easier breathing
Contact your physician regarding your interest in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Once your participation is approved, call the Pulmonary Rehab Department at 573-883-7743. The Pulmonary Medicine Department will make the necessary arrangements for you to get started in the program. The Rehabilitation Staff will keep your physician informed of your progress throughout the program.
The Pulmonary Rehab program is located in the hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Department. For more information call 573-883-7743