Posted 03/13/2019


PICTURED: (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Molena Fox, RRT, Respiratory Coordinator, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Patient Danny Johnson, Steve Courtney, RN, Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Denise Orten, RN, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Charge Nurse

Join Murray Calloway County Hospital during AACVPR National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 10-16, to celebrate the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation can provide for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and spread the word about available treatment options.  

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), aims to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, “Improving Life, One Breath at a Time,” honors individuals who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work to alleviate that struggle and improve patients’ everyday life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation at MCCH is a comprehensive twelve week program for people with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic and are often unable to manage the normal activities of daily life. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan designed to reduce symptoms, optimize function, and reduce health care costs through stabilizing or reversing effects of the disease.

Pulmonary rehabilitation includes exercise training under the supervision of registered nurses and respiratory therapists, education on managing symptoms of the disease, and psychosocial support. The pulmonary rehab specialists at MCCH are lead by Ghanshyam Shastri, MD of Murray Pulmonology. Dr. Shastri is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

“Pulmonary Rehabilitation improves endurance and strength, making the work of breathing easier for patients with COPD. It also helps to build their confidence in doing more activities they enjoy,” said Denise Orten, RN, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Charge Nurse.

For more information on Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the services offered by the Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at MCCH, please call (270) 762-1531.