Rehabilitation for Lung Conditions

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease or condition, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers an individualized Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program designed to help you live a better quality of life and decrease the symptoms of your disease. We help people with lung diseases and conditions that include:

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplantation
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis

Program Education

There are many educational components of the program that will teach you valuable information on:

  • Medications
  • Side effects
  • Inhaler use
  • Breathing retraining
  • Using oxygen therapy
  • The importance of exercise
  • Managing breathing issues
  • Knowing when to seek medical attention for symptoms

Exercise for Strengthening Endurance

Exercise is an important component of the program and is tailored to your individual needs. Exercise is beneficial in helping improve your endurance, muscle strength and will help you perform your every day activities.

Emotional Support

St. Mary’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program offers counseling and support that may be helpful for people who have chronic lung diseases and are experiencing depression, anxiety or other emotional problems.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the pulmonary rehabilitation program, you will need to have a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) or have had one recently. The test will indicate if you meet the criteria for insurance to pay for your rehabilitation after your physician places an order for you to receive pulmonary rehabilitation. The many components of our pulmonary rehabilitation program will help you manage your disease and live better.

Rachel Henry, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

For more information about the program, contact Rachel Henry, COPD Discharge Planner and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Educator, at 580-233-6100.

Rachel Henry

Rachel Henry graduated from Northern Oklahoma College and attended Autry Tech, where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care. "As the COPD Discharge Planner, I have the opportunity to meet different people at all stages of their disease. I am able to educate patients on their disease, medicine, and ways to improve their breathing. I am then able to follow the patient’s progress. My goal is to help pulmonary patients breathe easier and live life to the fullest."