Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
High-Quality Care for Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease
Staffed by respiratory therapists and critical care nurses, Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program for patients with chronic lung diseases such as COPD, emphysema, asthma, cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis, or for patients about to undergo or those who recently underwent lung surgery. You’ll exercise with other participants and staff and learn how to control the symptoms and complications of lung disease. For the most beneficial results, it is recommended that patients attend Pulmonary Rehab three times per week for approximately three months.
To improve quality of life
To reduce respiratory symptoms
To improve and maintain physical conditioning
Less frequent hospital admissions
To increase knowledge of pulmonary disease and its management
To return to work or leisure activities
Your team includes a board certified pulmonary physician (medical director), pulmonary rehabilitation therapist, referring physician, and most importantly, you, the patient. Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is supervised by a physician and trained interdisciplinary staff. Patients are carefully monitored and each team member is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Oxygen therapy is available for those who may need it.
We offer both Phase 2 and Phase 3 Maintenance Programs. Patients receive a thorough evaluation and individualized treatment plan, which includes:
- Respiratory assessment
- Six-minute walk test
- Nutritional assessment with a licensed dietician
- Psychosocial assessment and support for the patient and family
- Home exercise program
- Monitored exercise
- Breathing exercises and retraining
- Energy conservation techniques
- Education of medications and delivery techniques
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is recognized by most insurance carriers and coverage is available. It is recommended that you check your benefits with your individual carrier. Our Maintenance Program (Phase 3) is not a covered insurance benefit. However, it is offered for a minimal fee per session.
How to Enroll
If you have a chronic respiratory condition, you can be referred by your primary care physician or other specialty physician. You will need a signed prescription. Our staff will contact you to set up an appointment as soon as we receive the required information needed for your enrollment.
Pulmonary Rehab is located on the main third floor of NVRH Hospital. Our rehab unit is bright, open and inviting, with a wide variety of state-of-the-art exercise and monitoring equipment.
Gregory Rubin Reynolds Building
1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ‒ 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 2 p.m. ‒ 3:30 p.m.