Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab Opens At Hospital

POTTSTOWN PA – A pulmonary rehabilitation outpatient program to serve the needs of chronic lung disease patients in the greater Pottstown area has opened at Pottstown Hospital, it announced Thursday (Jan. 3, 2019). It combines exercise, education, breathing retraining, nutritional counseling, and psycho-social support in an attempt to slow and minimize the progression of lung disease debilitating symptoms.

People who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD), asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis may benefit from the program, as well as those with pulmonary vascular disease, or environmental lung disease, the hospital said.

Program doctors, dietitians, and respiratory therapists are certified in specialties including respiratory therapy, clinical exercise, advanced cardiac life support, exercise test technology, and registered dietitian studies. They support and encourage patients to achieve personal goals for physical and emotional health, cardiopulmonary fitness, and quality of life, it added.

Each patient is under the care of the program medical director, respiratory therapist, and his or her own doctor. Regular progress reports are made available to referring physicians.

To enter the program, participants must have a referral from their primary physician. It meets 2-3 times a week for 12-18 weeks, depending on insurance coverage. Most insurance companies cover its cost, but participants are encouraged to inquire about coverage with their personal insurance plan.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is located on the hospital’s main floor. Free dedicated parking is available. For more information, call 610-327-7429.

Photo from Centers for Disease Control, used under a Creative Commons license

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