Pulmonary rehabilitation program restores health

 Individuals suffering from respiratory disabilities like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, and those recovering from lung surgery are able to recover faster with the help of Susanne Brown, pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator and certified respiratory therapist with Hocking Valley Community Hospital.

Since Brown first developed the program in 1996, many patients have improved their quality of life by working with therapists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a 12-week, 36 session program.

“We focus of quality of lifestyle and developing daily living, along with improving oxygen intake and continuing with an exercise program and making sure they stick with it,” Brown said of the program. “We may not stop the disease but we keep it from getting worse.”

As coordinator of the program, Brown felt pulmonary rehabilitation was necessary for the success of patients. “I had asthma and have been through it. But I’ve controlled it for 20 years now,” she explained.

In the program, patients have the opportunity to exercise while being monitored by a trained professional. “We also have a nationally accredited cardiac program for people who have cardiac issues,” Brown continued.

Patients in the program really enjoy it, because it often gives them a chance to get out of the house and be socially active, she added.

For more information about the program, contact Susanne Brown at 380-8228.