March 1, 2013

Maury Regional to celebrate Pulmonary Rehab Week

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) pulmonary care staff members will join  thousands of other health care professionals across the country in observing National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 11-17. The observance focuses attention on pulmonary rehabilitation’s contribution to enhancing the lives of people with a variety of conditions affecting the lungs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a therapy program that combines education and exercise to improve lung function and decrease shortness of breath. The MRMC pulmonary rehabilitation staff includes licensed respiratory therapists, a registered nurse, an exercise physiologist, an occupational therapist, a clinical health liaison and a registered dietitian who work under the guidance of Dr. Maura Lipp, a physician specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

“Pulmonary rehabilitation can’t cure your lung disease but it can improve the quality of your life,” said Karen Miller, RN.

Typically, patients will attend pulmonary rehabilitation sessions twice per week for a period of several weeks; however, pulmonary rehabilitation plans vary for each patient, based on their condition. MRMC also offers a support group for those with COPD and other lung related diseases. “Lungs for Life” meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month to help patients focus on increasing awareness and self-management of the disease. Their next meeting will take place March 5 at 2 p.m. in Private Dining Room One on the ground floor of the medical center.

“The support group has speakers who address various topics relating to lung health. Anyone with lung disease or knows someone with lung issues is encouraged to come and join us,” said Exercise Physiologist Jacqueline Hill.

For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation services or Lungs for Life, call 931.380.4094.