OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

Escanaba, Michigan

Pulmonology Services

Ronald Sherman, MDRonald Sherman, MD 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:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Alpha I Disease
  • Emphysema

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Who is it for?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program to help people with chronic (long-term) lung disease, including:

  • COPD
  • asthma
  • 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:

  1. Improve shortness of breath;
  2. Improve quality of life;
  3. 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.