“The purpose of Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to provide progressive exercise and education to individuals with lung disease. Through this process we will assist you to increase your cardio-pulmonary endurance, decrease hospital admissions and improve your quality of life. We believe as patients assume responsibility for their recovery and well being, they are more likely to make long term lifestyle changes to optimize their health. We look forward to assisting you to a healthier lifestyle.”
Judy Phelps, RN
DCHS Pulmonary Rehab
1721 S. Stephenson Ave
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: (906) 776-5550
Fax: (906) 776-5369
Breathing is something we often don’t even have to think about—we take for granted the ability to get air in and out of our lungs. But for the person with chronic lung disease, the simple act of breathing can prove difficult. Helping patients to breathe easier and live healthier lives despite their chronic disease is the goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Dickinson County Hospital.
Pulmonary Rehab is staffed with four registered nurses. These four employees have over 80 years of healthcare experience among them. Judy Phelps RN Supervisor, Shirley Dishaw Beck RN BSN, Amber Harrell RN BSN, and Lucy Sanders RN BSN. All staff attends annual conferences sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health and Rehabilitation to keep up on the latest innovations in the field.
The Phase II Pulmonary Rehab staff sees outpatients two or three times a week for one hour sessions with a focus on education and exercise. Qualifying diagnoses can include such things as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, COPD, lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Education topics focus on breathing retraining, work simplification, understanding lung disease, energy conservation, healthy nutrition, exercise planning, smoking cessation, medications including oxygen therapy, nebulizers and inhalers, stress management and motivation.
Staff assists in the achievement of patient goals such as increasing strength, improving endurance, enhancing exercise tolerance and decreasing anxiety. The sessions are conducted in a comfortable and safe environment with a variety of equipment available including seated exercise. Harmonica therapy proves helpful and fun as patients participate in a group setting.
A Monitored Exercise self-pay program is available for those patients that wish to continue exercising in the department when they have completed Phase II Pulmonary Rehab.
Patient satisfaction in this department is very high including such comments as: “You gave me the confidence I needed to try new things and keep doing what I enjoy.” “I have had an amazing recovery. I know I would not have been able to do all of this on my own.” “My quality of life is better than it’s been in years.” “I still play my harmonica—it’s good lung exercise and FUN.”
The goals of the staff are to provide for the physical, psychological and social well being of each individual patient. If you have questions or would like additional information contact the Pulmonary Rehab Department at 776-5550.