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Baystate Pulmonary Rehabilitation

A Service of Baystate Medical Center





About Us


Baystate Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs provide a comprehensive approach to managing chronic pulmonary diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and bronchiectasis.  Our goal is to help you become more independent and offer a better understanding of your disease and control of your symptoms.


The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Baystate Medical Center was the first program in Massachusetts to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in 2002 and is one of only 8 certified pulmonary rehab programs in Massachusetts.


Our program is the only program in Western Massachusetts to provide comprehensive out- patient pulmonary rehabilitation  Phase 2 and Phase 3 programs for the community.


Our Facilities


Our program has a handicapped accessible facility conveniently located in Springfield off I-91 at 3300 Main St.  We offer a wide range of outpatient services for pulmonary patients.  Our state of the art facility includes a fitness and aerobics area, patient education rooms and locker/shower facilities.


Our Services


Pulmonary Disease Management — Individualized patient education regarding pulmonary conditions, effective use of pulmonary medications, breathing retraining, and preventive care.


Asthma Education — Individual education to help adults and children take control of their asthma through disease education, effective use of pulmonary medications, awareness of environmental controls, and the development of an asthma management plan.


Phase II Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program — Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise classes that teaches you about your lungs, how to exercise and complete daily activities with less shortness of breath.  This eight week program is tailored to each individuals’ level of ability and consists of monitored exercise sessions and group educational classes, including:

  • Disease management
  • Breathing retraining
  • Effective use of pulmonary medicine
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Stress management
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Preventive care and management of chronic pulmonary diseases.


Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program --The Phase III Program improves cardiopulmonary fitness, muscular strength, and endurance.  It is an ongoing monitored exercise maintenance program for people with lung disease, their family members and friends.


Better Breathers Support Group — This free support group meets monthly and provides updated information on living with lung disease as well as the opportunity to meet others with similar experiences and concerns.


Tracheostomy Clinic —Monthly sessions provide outpatients with a safe and reliable method of having their tracheostomy tubes changed by members of our health care team.  Self care skills are assessed at each visit.


Airway Clearance — Individual instruction regarding a variety of airway clearance techniques to reduce lung infections and improve lung function, including: coughing techniques, chest physical therapy (CPT), postural drainage, acapella and vest therapy.


Cystic Fibrosis Center - The center provides a multi-disciplinary team approach to the management of in-patients and outpatients with Cystic Fibrosis.  As a member of the team, the pulmonary clinician provides instruction in self-care skills, airway clearance techniques, arranges home respiratory equipment and provides support to patients and family members coping with a chronic illness.


Inpatient Services


Our clinicians see patients on a consultation basis in all patient care areas at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.


Respiratory Intermediate Care Program (RICP) - The RICP is a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of respiratory patients who are difficult to wean from artificial ventilation, but who otherwise do not require intensive care.  As an integral part of the team, the pulmonary clinician provides instruction and support to patients and families needing specialized pulmonary care.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Discharge Planning - The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department provides a progressive plan of coordinated activities to facilitate a pulmonary patient’s departure from the hospital and to ensure that the patient and family understand his/her needs for care.  The pulmonary clinician provides patient education, teaches self care skills and arranges respiratory home care equipment, including evaluation and set up for home oxygen, appropriate for patient’s needs.


Artificial Airway Management - Pulmonary Clinicians assess, monitor and manage patients with tracheostomy tubes in place. They ensure that optimum care is being provided to patients with tracheostomy tubes.  This includes making sure suction and humidification are available and that a spare tube of suitable size is available at the bedside in case of emergency.  The clinicians will consult with physicians and staff with regards to downsizing and decanulation, if appropriate. They will work with nursing staff if they have questions regarding tracheostomy care.  The clinician will work with DME providers to make sure all supplies and equipment are set up at home if the patient is being discharged directly home with tracheostomy tube in place.


Our Staff


Dennis O'Brien RN, BSN - Program Coordinator

Kelley Assarian, RN, BS, AE-C, Pulmonary Nurse Clinician

Donna Bozoglos, RN, BSN, RCP, AE-C, Pulmonary Nurse Clinician

Michele Hart, RN, BSN, AE-C, Pulmonary Nurse Clinician

Donna Hawk, RRT, AE-C, Pulmonary Clinician

Deborah Niles, RN, MSN, AE-C, Pulmonary Nurse Clinician

Christin Pouliot, RN, BSN, Pulmonary Nurse Clinician

Deborah Bell, Staff Assistant