Therapy for Those with Chronic Lung Disease

In 2007, Mercy Pulmonary Rehabilitaton became the first program in Stark County to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).AACVPR recertification 2015 - mercy cardiac, pulmonary rehab

The goal of Mercy Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to improve the quality of life for individuals with chronic lung disease. The goal is achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach to education, breathing retraining, emotional support and graded exercise conditioning in coordination with your personal physician.


Phase 1

Pulmonary Rehabilitation assists individuals with chronic lung disease in maintaining optimal health through self care. This can be achieved through learning more about lung disease. Phase 1 consists of educational programs about lung disease and may also include further evaluation and diagnostic testin gas indicated.

During Phase 1 an individualized treatment plan will be developed during the initial one-on-one consultation.


Phase 2

Phase 2 is a comprehensive program designed to improve the overall function of individuals with chronic lung disease using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes education, nutritional counseling, breathing retraining, emotional support and a graded exercise program conducted under the supervision of health professionals.

Phase 2 is conducted in a class setting with other individuals that have various types of pulmonary disease. We find that the emotional support from individuals going through similar situations can be comforting and provide knowledge from a firsthand perspective.


Phase 3

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an ongoing program open to graduates of a Phase 2 program with physician referral. Phase 3 participants will follow an individualized program designed to maintain function that may be performed on your own with periodic evaluations or in a group program under supervision of health care professionals.

Pulmonary Support Group

Pulmonary Support Group is open to any current and past patients of the Mercy Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Through continuing education and recreational activities, Pulmonary Support Group will help individuals with chronic lung disease cope more effectively with their disease. Events are planned and designed to help individuals with lung disease decrease their anxiety and shortness of breath in public while having fun at the same time. Although there is no fee, there may be a cost for recreational activities.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Quiz

To see if you could benefit from joining a rehabilitation program for those with lung disease or lung problems, take the following short quiz.

  1. Do you experience shortness of breath with exertion?
  2. Do you experience shortness of breath at rest?
  3. Does your shortness of breath make you ill at ease in public places?
  4. Do you use oxygen at home?
  5. Has your physician informed you that you have asthma, emphysema or chronic bronchitis?
  6. Do you have to stop and ‘catch your wind’‚? after climbing a flight of stairs?
  7. Does your breathing interfere with your ability to do normal daily activities?
  8. Do you frequently wheeze and cough?
  9. Would you enjoy learning more about lung disease and ways to improve your ability to do normal activities?
  10. Would you enjoy being a part of a structured program that includes educational sessions, exercise groups, outings and events specially designed for those with lung problems?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions you could possibly benefit from joining our program, which is located on the first floor of Mercy Hall, directly behind the main parking deck.