Putnam County Hospital Celebrates Pulmonary Rehab Week

Putnam County Hospital introduced Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 2019 and has continued to grow an exceptional program. Our cardiopulmonary team is made up of four sensational individuals. Nancy Kittle and Anne Wilkey are co-managers of the department. Chelsea Beasley and Patty Taylor help with patient education and rehabilitation (all pictured).

What is Pulmonary Rehab? Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise to increase awareness about your lungs and your disease. You will learn to achieve exercise with less shortness of breath. The classes are offered in a group setting so you get the chance to meet others with your condition, which provides an opportunity to give and receive peer support. The skills and knowledge learned in the program will help you feel better and manage your chronic lung disease. You’ll become stronger by increasing your level of fitness. Exercising your lungs and your muscles helps you be more active so you can do the things you enjoy with your loved ones. Pulmonary rehabilitation may even decrease the need for hospital visits.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for patients with lung disease who experience shortness of breath frequently and are not able to perform daily activities despite daily use of medication. Many patients in rehabilitation programs have a diagnosis of COPD, but these programs also help people with other types of chronic lung disease that limits breathing and activity. If you have any of the following pulmonary rehab could be right for you:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung Cancer or lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery before and after a lung transplant

Can pulmonary rehabilitation help after having COVID 19?

The answer is yes. Post COVID patients may qualify for pulmonary rehabilitation. If you or someone you know has had COVID-19 you may contact your provider to see if you qualify. For questions please feel free to reach out to Putnam Cardiopulmonary Rehab at 765.301. 7520.

To learn more about our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation please visit www.pchosp.org/aboutyourhealth.com

Putnam County Hospital; providing exceptional healthcare close to home!