CHI Memorial is one of a few hospitals in the region that provides a pulmonary rehabilitation program. It is designed specifically for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD refers to a variety of diseases that result in the difficulty of the lungs to transport needed oxygen into the blood. Examples of COPD include emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis and other lung impairments.
The mission of the CHI Memorial Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is to help the lung patient gain control of respiratory impairment and to achieve optimal capacity to carry out activities of daily living. The program is designed to include three areas: exercise, stress management and nutrition. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to develop an individualized program. Staff support comes from pulmonologists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, nurses, nutritionists and chaplains as needed. They will work together to provide education and opportunities to develop new skills which may help you achieve improved physical, social and mental function.