Posted 03/09/2018

 MCCH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week
PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Denise Orten, RN, Program Coordinator, Cadelia Turpin, Registered Dietician/Licensed Dietician, Maggie Triplett, Murray State University Exercise Science Intern, Terry McKinney, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient, Dr. Ghanshyam Shastri, MD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medical Director, and Steve Courtney, RN. 

Join Murray-Calloway County Hospital during AACVPR National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 11-17, to celebrate the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation can provide for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and spread the word about available treatment options.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), aims to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, “Improving Life, One Breath at a Time,” honors those who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work to alleviate that trial and improve patients’ everyday life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation at MCCH is an evidence based, comprehensive program for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic and are often unable to manage the normal activities of daily life. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan designed to reduce symptoms, optimize function and reduce health care costs through stabilizing or reversing effects of disease.

“Patients with chronic lung disease learn to live and breathe easier through exercise, guided by our staff, using cardiac telemetry and oxygen saturation monitoring techniques that we provide during Pulmonary Rehabilitation at MCCH,” said Denise Orten, RN, Program Coordinator.

Pulmonary rehabilitation includes exercise training under the supervision of registered nurses and respiratory therapists, education on managing symptoms of the disease and psychological support. The pulmonary rehab specialists at Murray-Calloway County Hospital are lead by Pulmonologist, Dr. Ghanshyan Shastri.

For more information about Pulmonary Rehabilitation at MCCH, call (270) 762-1170.