Pulmonary Wellness

pulmonary_photoOCH Regional Medical Center’s Pulmonary Wellness Program is a three-month supervised education and exercise program for persons with chronic pulmonary diseases, including asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, “COPD,” or any other disease labeled an interstitial lung disease.  Physician approval is required for participation.

The purpose of the program is to improve overall health so that the participant may enjoy life as much as possible within the limits of the medical condition.  Participants meet for two hours, twice a week, for three months.

For more information about OCH’s Pulmonary Wellness Program, contact the program coordinator at 615-3113 during regular business hours.

Click here for a list of our PULMONARY MEDICAL SPECIALISTS.

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EDUCATION

Education is an important part of the program.  Participants are educated about risk factors affecting chronic lung disease and necessary lifestyle modifications, with special emphasis on the following subjects:

  • Breathing Retraining
  • Managing Medications
  • Social and Psychological Issues
  • Stress and Weight Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Safe Activity and Exercise Guidelines

EXERCISE

All Exercises are monitored by a certified respiratory therapist and reports are sent regularly to keep your physician informed of your progress.

  • Heart rate and oxygen levels are closely monitored.
  • Program participants are coached in a variety of appropriate exercises.

BENEFITS & GOALS

  • Control and alleviate symptoms
  • Improve activity tolerance
  • Promote self-reliance and independence
  • Decrease need for acute resources
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Improve emotional well being
  • Improve quality of life

PROGRAM COST

The OCH Pulmonary Wellness Program is reimbursed by Medicare Part B and by most insurance companies.  We will contact your insurance company and complete any necessary pre-certification requirements.

JOIN THE PULMONARY WELLNESS PROGRAM

Contact the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 615-3113 for an appointment. We will contact your physician for approval and to obtain necessary medical records.

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