HCHS celebrates Pulmonary Rehab Week

Hancock County Health System is joining the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in celebrating National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 12 through the 18th.  HCHS Respiratory Therapist Molly Schaefer tells what her department likes to do annually to mark the week.

The National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week campaign is a special platform to provide education about the pivotal role of pulmonary rehab in enhancing the quality of life of individuals living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other lung disorders.  The overall goal of Hancock County Health System’s team of respiratory therapists is focused on improving the emotional well-being of people and restoring them to their highest functional capacity.

It is estimated that about 15 percent of Americans in the age group of 40-79 suffer from some form of lung obstruction – typically asthma or COPD. According to Schaefer, HCHS’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers a variety of services and provides individually tailored programs to meet each patient’s specific needs through exercise, education and encouragement.

So who is the perfect candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation? According to Schaefer, anyone who has a lung issue or breathing problem.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation services require a provider referral. If you feel you would be a good candidate, talk to your doctor about referring you today, or for more information on HCHS Pulmonary Rehab, call 641-843-5500.

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