Welcome to the NCH Growney Pulmonary Health Center
The Growney Pulmonary Health Center provides pulmonary rehabilitation services to patients with qualifying lung disease such as COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, or Asthma.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
The program consists of two phases.
The CORE program is the initial phase which typically includes 12 weeks of monitored exercise conducted 3 times per week. In addition, patients participate in several key educational programs to help manage symptoms and make lifestyle adjustments. Each session is supervised by a licensed Respiratory Therapist along with an Exercise Physiologist who are under the direction of the program’s Medical Director. The CORE program is a one-time service followed by the second phase of the program called Maintenance.
The Maintenance program is a self-pay program where patients are encouraged to continue exercising at the Center under the supervision of qualified staff and with peers who also have similar lung conditions. This portion of the program is designed to maintain the cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness levels achieved in the Core Program. Emphasis is placed on the patient taking responsibility for his or her own health. Maintenance patients usually attend 2 – 3 days per week on-going.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation doesn't replace medical therapy. Instead, it's used with medical therapy and may include:
Aerobic exercise training
Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it
Psychological counseling and/or group support
Who Should Participate?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation may benefit persons who have:
COPD — Emphysema — Chronic Bronchitis—
Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Patients scheduled for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Lung Transplantation and Endobronchial valve placement.
In many cases it is used as a post operative treatment for other types of lung surgeries.
Ask your physician if Pulmonary Rehabilitation may benefit you.
Why Should I Participate?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation outcomes have shown that when followed consistently helps to:
Improve quality of life
Reduce shortness of breath
Increase the patient’s ability to manage and control the symptoms of chronic lung diseases
In most cases where the patient is compliant and able to exercise, the ability to tolerate physical exertion and activities of daily living has improved.