OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group employs a board-certified pulmonary medicine physician, Dr. Ronald Sherman, who specializes in lung-related diseases and conditions, including:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Occupational Lung Disease
- Smoking Cessation
- Alpha I Disease
Who is it for?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program to help people with chronic (long-term) lung disease, including:
- chronic bronchitis
- pulmonary fibrosis
Pulmonary rehabilitation may also be ordered to help patients either before or after chest or lung surgery.
How does it help?
Pulmonary rehabilitation has three main goals:
- Improve shortness of breath;
- Improve quality of life;
- Improve ability to do ordinary activities of daily living
What does pulmonary rehabilitation involve?
Patients participate in a four-week session that involves twice-weekly education and exercise programs. Education includes:
- information about the disease
- breathing retraining
- medications and how they work
- managing the patient’s environment
Patients also perform limited exercise under the direction of an exercise physiologist. A gradual pace is established based on the person's endurance
How can I participate?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is done at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group. A physician referral is necessary. Talk to your doctor about a referral to OSF.