Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Phase II Program

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Helping you breathe and function at the highest level possible.

It is difficult to lead an active and independent life when you are struggling to breathe. Sometimes the effort of just getting through the day can take all of your strength and hope for a meaningful life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. St. Elizabeth Healthcare offers a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program specifically for individuals with chronic lung disease. Whether you’ve had lung disease for a long time, or have been recently diagnosed, pulmonary rehabilitation may help you regain control and lead a more active and productive life.

There are many benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.  It is a safe, effective way to help:

  • Improve physical strength and endurance
  • Manage your respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath and/or cough)
  • Improve your self-confidence and encourage your sense of well-being
  • Reduce frequent hospitalization and shorten length of stay
  • Learn how to better manage lung problems

What’s In It For Me?

The goals of pulmonary rehabilitation are different for each person. Personal goals will include the following aspects:

Improving Physical Activity

Exercise is a key component of pulmonary rehabilitation.  It improves the function of your heart and lungs.  Exercise is difficult if you are short of breath, but through close monitoring by healthcare professionals you can exercise safely.  As your physical strength increases, your shortness of breath will improve.  Your exercise plan will be individualized to your ability, needs and interests.  Your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels will be monitored closely during each exercise session.


Educational classes are included in the St. Elizabeth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. They are geared to help you:

  • Have a greater understanding of your lung disease
  • Learn how to better self-manage your symptoms through the use of prescribed medications, exercise, diet and relaxation techniques
  • Learn energy conservation techniques that will help you perform daily activities with greater ease

You may benefit From Pulmonary Rehabilitation if you have:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

Insurance Questions

Many insurance providers, including Medicare, usually pay for Pulmonary Rehabilitation based on one of the diagnoses listed above and the results of a recent pulmonary function study.  

How Do I Get Started?

Participants are scheduled to attend sessions two times per week until their goals are met (average 10-12 weeks). 

The length of the program will depend upon your individual progress and projected needs.

Please speak with your physician about a referral to the St. Elizabeth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.  Once in the program, your referring physician will receive regular reports about your progress.

If you would like to schedule a tour of our facility, or if you or your physician have questions regarding the program, please contact us between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 812-532-2614 or email

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