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Respiratory Care

When you can't breathe, nothing else matters. That's true whether you're an adult dealing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or a child dealing with asthma.

At CGH Medical Center, we understand and we can help. Our comprehensive approach to respiratory care means you'll get the diagnostic help you need to understand your condition, the therapies you need to gain control and the support you want as you do the work of recovery. We're here for you every step of the way, and it only takes one call to get started.

Respiratory care experts here to help

Our respiratory care team is made up of a board-certified pulmonologist and a nurse practitioner who treat adult patients, and are supported by an integrated support staff made up of nurses, respiratory therapists and nutritionists, all working hard to provide optimum recovery and rehabilitation services for you.

Our team has years of experience in helping people overcome breathing issues and regain control over their lives. They offer outpatient resources, including exercise training, nutritional support and custom physical therapy. And they offer emotional support, so you'll stay motivated for rehab.

Through it all, our team of skilled specialists will work closely with your doctor, to ensure that the techniques we use are the right ones for you and your medical condition.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program: Working to restore you to your fullest potential.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed to reduce and control the symptoms and complications experienced with moderate to severe pulmonary disease. CGH Medical Center's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can help you address the frustrations and challenges that you encounter with pulmonary disease. This treatment is accomplished through a program of exercise and education, and goals tailored specifically to you and your lung disease.

  • Exercise Training - to help you exercise safely, strengthen your muscles and get your energy back.
  • Education and counseling - to help you understand and manage your lung condition. If you are a smoker, we can also counsel you on ways to help you stop smoking.
  • Goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Breathing exercises
    • Conserving energy
    • Managing stress
    • Controlling your weight
    • Quitting smoking
    • Eating healthy
    • Doing safe exercises at a pace tailored to you
    • Taking medications, as needed
    • Build confidence in what you do
    • Learn the right questions to ask
    • Learn to recognize if you have new problems

Pulmonary rehabilitation is provided on an outpatient basis, and you'll need to complete paperwork and take a six-minute walk test (as tolerated, with which you may stop and rest as needed) before you begin. You also may need to perform other lung function tests. If you decide to enroll, you'll meet with the team three times per week for 6-12 weeks.

In each session, you'll perform an exercise program based on the results of your six-minute walk test, your pulmonary function test results, your medical history and your goals.

You will work with your pulmonologist, nurse practitioner, respiratory therapists, and other medical experts who are all working hard to help you breathe better and feel better.

You are a candidate for pulmonary rehab if:

  • You have been diagnosed with moderate to severe pulmonary disease.
  • The results of your pulmonary function test show your disease to be severe. (Older pulmonary function tests may need to be repeated for a more accurate diagnosis).
  • You are a nonsmoker or participant in a smoking-cessation program. We can help you with that too.
  • Your physician has approved it.

If you meet certain medical criteria, some of the program's cost is covered by Medicare. Many private insurance carriers will also cover some of the cost.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are interested in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at CGH Medical Center or have any questions about the program, please call our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator at (815) 564.4847.

Find out about our team

To find out about the pulmonologists we have available to serve you or your child, visit our provider directory. To find out more about heart health or lung health, visit our health library.