Pulmonary Rehab Program
Improving health and independence
Nearly 21 million people suffer from chronic lung ailments resulting in weakness, shortness of breath and exhaustion that severely limit a person’s ability to enjoy an active life.
Meet Our Team
Kay Shields, R.N.
Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator
The Pulmonary Rehab Program at Owensboro Health serves patients with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, thoracic surgery and other disorders that compromise respiratory function.
Our goal is to help patients improve function and mobility, and to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Program goals and benefits
A multidisciplinary team approach is used to help patients achieve the highest level of independent function for their daily activities within the limitations of their pulmonary disease. This approach:
- Maximizes each patient’s potential, encourage independence and an active lifestyle.
- Addresses each patient’s physical, social and emotional needs.
- Combines individualized exercise, education and medical care to minimize symptoms and complications, and helps patients improve their strength, endurance and breathing efficiency.
- Phase 1: An inpatient program designed for patients who are acutely ill and meet the criteria for an inpatient stay. The program is held at the Regional Rehabilitation Center, located on the fourth floor of Owensboro Health.
- Phase 2: Outpatient treatment program that patients attend three days per week, 90 minutes per day, for six to 10 weeks. Located on the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit, fifth floor of Owensboro Health.
- Phase 3: Following Phase 2, an outpatient maintenance program, located at the HealthPark, designed to maintain strength and endurance by exercising.
Resources and support
Program participants can take advantage of monthly support groups and smoking cessation classes at no charge.
For additional information about the Owensboro Health Pulmonary Rehab Program, call (270) 688-5114.