Program Information

Program Overview

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Springfield Hospital is designed for patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease (COPD, Emphysema, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Interstitial disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis and other conditions). The program combines education and group support with therapeutic exercise into a comprehensive 8-week program. Our goal is to help patient’s understand and cope with the disease and function more comfortably and independently at home.

Pre-admission Evaluation

Upon your doctor’s referral the program coordinator, a respiratory therapist, will evaluate you. Once all pre-rehab diagnostic testing is completed, the medical director of the program will meet with you. These healthcare professionals will evaluate your current level of functioning and design an individualized exercise program to meet your needs. Your pre-program evaluation may include Full Pulmonary Function Studies, Laboratory tests, and chest x-ray. The rehab team is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have before initiating your program.

Program Summary – 8 week Program

During the first session you will have an orientation to the program. This includes a demonstration of stretches, aerobic machines, lower extremity and upper extremity exercise. Thereafter, a progressive exercise program will occur at each session. Some activities will take place individually and others in a group format with your other class members, all dealing with similar breathing problems. You will come to the program three days each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-11:45. Your exercise session will be followed by either education or training session designed to help you achieve your goals and address your problems. The rehab staff will also give you a home exercise program to initiate at least 1-2 additional times per week once you are stronger and feel comfortable with exercise. Â Your rehab exercise program will begin at a level based on your ability. It will start slowly and progress toward your goals each week. It will consist of aerobic conditioning activities such as walking on a treadmill, exercise bicycle, Nustep, rower or upper arm ergometer followed by other exercises to improve your strength and endurance. Attention will be given to both upper and lower body muscle groups.

Educational lectures and activities will cover a wide range of topics designed to help you fully understand your disease and give you the information you need to improve function and feel better. During each session, you will have the opportunity to share your questions and concerns with others dealing with similar challenges as well as the staff. Your progress will be continually monitored and adjustments made to your program based on your reaction to the exercise at each session. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge you will need to live better with chronic lung disease.

Financial Information:

Pulmonary rehabilitation services are reimbursable through most major insurance companies. Prior approval may be required in some instances and the rehab coordinator will contact your insurance company to assure your coverage before your rehab program begins. We also offer a financial assistance program at Springfield hospital.

For More Information

Please call Mary Anne Riley, RRT, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator at: 802-885-7421 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.