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  •  More than 400 helped in 10 years of Pulmonary Rehab program at Rome Memorial Hospital

    The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Rome Memorial Hospital recently marked 10 years of improving the quality of life for people affected by chronic breathing problems.
    Since March 2008, more than 400 patients have completed the program of education, instruction and exercise designed to help them manage their symptoms to be able to return to more of their regular activities.
    The hospital based outpatient program teaches the benefits of regular exercise in addition to breathing techniques to help patients control shortness of breath. Exercise programs are individualized for each patient. By attending two or more sessions per week, patients are able to utilize exercise equipment such as treadmills and recumbent bicycles to increase their overall physical fitness. Participants also learn about how the lungs work and how lung problems affect breathing, as well as receive information on medications and equipment, such as how and when to take medications and how to use oxygen (if prescribed).
    Overall from 2008 to 2018, patients who have completed the Pulmonary Rehab program at Rome Memorial Hospital have shown a 28 percent decrease in emergency department visits and a 39 percent decrease in the total days admitted to the hospital.
    The Pulmonary Rehab program is fully-accredited through the AACVPR (American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation), achieving a three year re-accreditation in 2016. Program staff, Lynda Ferris, MS, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, Patricia Parshall, CRT, Patrick Bonin, RRT and Elizabeth Demma, RRT, CPFT, NPS, AE-C, provide the support patients need to feel more confident as they become stronger and learn to better manage their symptoms.
    The program is covered by most insurance; however, patients must meet diagnosis and pulmonary function test qualifications for coverage. Patients are referred to the program by their primary care provider or specialist. Progress reports are sent to the referring physicians every 30 days and upon graduation.
    Patients attend up to 12 weeks (8-10 weeks is most common), 2-3 times/week for 1-2 hour sessions. Upon graduation patients may opt to continue in the maintenance program, attending 2-3 times/week on a self-pay basis.
    Patient outcomes are measured at the start and end of program by validated testing. Current measured outcomes show:
    • 61% increase in respiratory knowledge
    • 28% decrease in shortness of breath
    • 19% increase in overall quality of life
    • 21% increase in distance walked during 6-minute walk test
    • 10% decrease in depression scores

    The Pulmonary Rehab program is part of the hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services. Medical director of the program is Mohammed Seedat, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, and Eileen Luley, MS, RRT, RPSGT, is Service Line Administrator for Cardiopulmonary Services.
    For more information about the Pulmonary Rehab program at Rome Memorial Hospital, call 315.338.7149.