Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to help patients with pulmonary disease live better with their lung conditions.
The ultimate goal is to maximize your level of independence.
A team of trained professionals at Hugh Chatham Health will teach you how to exercise and perform daily activities with less shortness of breath. You will receive the tools you need to build confidence and effectively deal with your lung condition.
The program monitors your:
- Vital signs
- Oxygen levels
- Activity tolerance
- Breathing techniques
Heart & Lung Center
Pulmonary Rehabilitation sessions are held in the Heart & Lung Center Rehab Gym located on the main floor of Hugh Chatham Health Medical Center. Clients are offered a variety of exercise equipment and exercise prescriptions tailored for individual needs. The program is conducted in a group setting, allowing for emotional support and socialization with others who have similar lung conditions. Our staff will help you learn to do things with less shortness of breath through a program of exercise and education.
There are required patient education sessions held on Fridays during rehab hours. Sessions focus on pulmonary disease management, nutrition, energy conservation and stress management/relaxation techniques.
COVID-19 Patients: Covid-19 infections can have long-term effects on patients both physically and mentally. Patients who suffer from chronic heart or lung disease are more susceptible to having longer recovery times after battling Covid. Hugh Chatham offers Pulmonary Rehab three times a week to help patients recovering from the effects of COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will need a doctor’s referral to enter the program. Also, you will need to have completed a pulmonary function test within the last 12 months in order to enroll in the program.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover part of all of the program charges. Prior to your first visit, the staff will verify your insurance and notify you of your coverage.
A pulmonary rehabilitation staff member will obtain your resting blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level. You will then perform a combination of aerobic and strength training exercises to build muscle tone and improve your endurance levels. While exercising, a staff member will check your oxygen level and heart rate to ensure you are maintaining adequate oxygen.
Yes, we offer a variety of different tools and equipment that allow you to exercise effectively.
The program schedule is for 36 visits over 12 to 18 weeks. After you’ve completed those 36 visits, you will become eligible to enroll in the Maintenance Program.
This allows you to continue with pulmonary rehab therapy on a yearly basis after you’ve completed your 36-visit program. There is a small fee per visit
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes that offer good support.
Yes, but only for transport to and from our rehab facility. We will provide oxygen tanks while you exercise or attend an education class.
For more information about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, call 336-527-7523.
Hugh Chatham News
Hugh Chatham Health Announces Family Residency Program
Elkin, NC, January 29, 2024 Hugh Chatham Health is excited to announce the launch of a new family medicine rural residency program. To celebrate this venture, an event …Read More
Hugh Chatham Health Welcomes New Urologist
Elkin, NC, January 10, 2024 On December 18th, 2023, Hugh Chatham officially welcomed urologist, J. Daniell Rackley, MD, to Hugh Chatham Health Medical Group. Dr. Rackley brings a …Read More
Hugh Chatham Health Recognized as Cleanest Hospital in North Carolina
Elkin, NC, November 2023 Hugh Chatham Health has been recognized as the cleanest hospital in North Carolina five times in the last year by Press Ganey. The monthly …Read More
Becker’s Recognizes 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs
Elkin, NC, October 2023 Becker’s Hospital Review is pleased to honor 100 hospitals and health systems with high-achieving orthopedic programs. The hospitals and health systems featured on this …Read More
Hugh Chatham Health Welcomes OB/GYN Physician
Elkin, NC, October 17, 2023 On Aug. 21, Hugh Chatham officially welcomed OB/GYN physician, Kristen Stille, MD, to Hugh Chatham Health Medical Group. Dr. Stille brings a wealth …Read More
Hugh Chatham Health Welcomes Endocrinologist
Elkin, NC, September 4, 2023 On Aug. 14, Hugh Chatham officially welcomed endocrinologist James O’Hare, MD, to Hugh Chatham Health Medical Group. Dr. O’Hare brings a wealth of …Read More
Hugh Chatham Health Recognized for High-Quality Stroke Care
Elkin, NC, August 8, 2023 Hugh Chatham Health has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for its commitment …Read More
Hugh Chatham Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review
Elkin, NC, August 2, 2023 Hugh Chatham Health has been recognized as one of 153 “Great Community Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a trade magazine and website for …Read More
Hugh Chatham Health Welcomes Internal Medicine Physician
Elkin, NC, July 13, 2023 On July 24, 2023, Hugh Chatham will officially welcome internal medicine physician, Alan Casciola, DO, to Hugh Chatham Health Medical Group. Dr. Casciola …Read More
Advances in Healthcare Recognized at Local Hospital
Kasey Martin, Surry-Yadkin EMC, Dobson, NC, 2023, “Advances in Healthcare Recognized at Local Hospital; Member Moment: Hugh Chatham Health It is no secret that Hugh Chatham Health is …Read More
Fourteen Surry-Yadkin Works Students Sign with Hugh Chatham Health as Apprentices and PRNs
Surry Community College, Dobson, NC, June 20, 2023, “Fourteen Surry-Yadkin Works Students Sign with Hugh Chatham Health as Apprentices and PRNs [https://surry.edu/news/fourteen-surry-yadkin-works-interns-sign-with-hugh-chatham-health-as-apprentices-and-prns] Fourteen area students have completed pre-apprenticeships …Read More
Addressing Aches and Pains as You Age
Musculoskeletal disorders are comprised of diverse conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissues including osteoarthritis, gout, spondyloarthritis, traumatic fractures and muscle strains. These disorders may result in pain …Read More