| Richard (Rick) Rosenbaum Pulmonary Rehab Center
Since its inception in 1982, the outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mon General Hospital has been providing a specialized program to help those who suffer from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). If you have been hospitalized with a breathing problem, or easily become short of breath while walking, you may benefit from this program. Chronic lung disease causes shortness of breath and panic and can lead to a decrease in the ability to perform daily activities. The goal of Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to decrease shortness of breath and hospitalizations and, therefore, improve quality of life.
Who can be helped by Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. It includes Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. Although cigarette smoking is a major cause of these lung diseases, it could also be a result of working in a coal mine, foundry, farm, or from exposure to asbestos. Therefore, individuals who suffer from lung diseases other than COPD, such as black lung, bronchiectasis, and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis can also benefit from the therapy provided in Pulmonary Rehab.
What type of therapy is provided in Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Through 36 sessions of outpatient therapy, in 2-3 one hour visits each week, individuals enrolled in the program will receive an exercise and education program specifically designed for them. Rather than group exercise sessions, therapy is provided in a one-to-one setting. The program is staffed with 3 specially trained registered respiratory therapists, one of whom is also a registered nurse. Participants receive monitoring of their breath sounds, heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation during each session.
Instruction includes: 1) breathing retraining exercises to decrease shortness of breath, 2) panic control and relaxation techniques, 3) reconditioning exercise using treadmill, bicycle and other equipment designed to strengthen weakened muscles. Education is an important part of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Topics of instruction include: lung function, medications, oxygen therapy, prevention of respiratory infections, and various techniques to decrease shortness of breath with daily activities. Consultation with a registered dietitian and social worker is also available to participants.
After completion of the 36 therapy sessions, participants may return monthly for self-pay, follow-up visits. Also, small group classes with supervised exercise two days per week are available for a low monthly cost. Once you have completed your initial 36 sessions, the Pulmonary Rehab staff will give you more information about these programs.
How do I enroll in outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
The outpatient program requires a physician referral. Your doctor can provide all the testing results and information that must have been completed within the year prior to entering the program. This information includes: a history and physical exam by your physician; lung function studies (PFT’s); electrocardiogram (EKG); chest x-ray; and a complete blood count (CBC).
Cost and Insurance Coverage
Medicare covers 80% of the cost for outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation, if you qualify. Many other major medical plans also cover part, or all, of the cost of the therapy. If you are unsure of your medical coverage or need assistance in verifying your insurance coverage for the program, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff will be happy to work with you.
For More Information
If you have questions regarding the outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, or would like to join, please speak with your doctor or feel free to contact the Richard Rosenbaum Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at (304) 598-2408, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. -4 p.m. The center is presently located in the Morgantown Medical Arts Building, 200 Wedgewood Drive, Suite 105, Morgantown WV 26505.