The Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Speare Memorial Hospital is an individualized education and exercise program that follows the guidelines established by the American Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our multidisciplinary program is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with chronic lung diseases by increasing strength, endurance and symptom management to maximize function and quality of life.
Pulmonary Rehab incorporates physical reconditioning, self-care education, breathing exercises and techniques that will improve your ability to carry out your daily activities. The program will also help you reduce the risks and complications of lung irritation and/or infection, and promote social interaction and emotional well being.
In order to participate in our pulmonary rehab program, you will need a signed program referral or prescription from your doctor. The referral and other information regarding your physical condition links us to your doctor so we may work together to provide you with the best possible care. You may need to undergo a limited physical exam and/or diagnostic tests. Your doctor may order any of the following:
- Chest X-Ray
- Exercise Stress Test
- Pulmonary Function Test
- Basic Blood Tests
Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons in the Cardiopulmonary Gym located on the first floor in the east wing of Speare Memorial Hospital. In our classes you will learn how to;
- Safely and comfortably increase your exercise tolerance.
- Use the equipment and exercise at a pace that is right for you.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is coordinated through Cardiopulmonary Services at Speare Memorial Hospital. For more information please call (603) 238-2288.
- Medicare and many 3rd party insurance companies do cover Pulmonary Rehabilitation if you meet the testing criteria.
- Other commercial insurances may cover the program, but you should check with your insurance company to verify coverage.
A Program Success Story
When Jack Sheffield of Campton noticed he needed to stop and catch his breath when hiking or skiing, he turned to Speare Memorial Hospital. After being diagnosed with COPD and suffering a collapsed lung, Jack underwent a successful surgery and rehabilitation in Speare’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. One year later Jack is back on the slopes…breathing better and climbing higher. Click here to see more of Jack’s story and how Speare Memorial Hospital is making a difference every day.