A Service of Baystate Medical Center
3300 Main Street, Suite 2A
Springfield, MA 01199
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Kelley Assarian, RN, BS, AE-C
Deborah Bell, Medical Secretary
Donna Bozoglos, RN, BSN, RCP, AE-C
Michele Hart, RN, BSN, AE-C
Deborah Niles, RN, MSN, AE-C
Dennis O'Brien RN, BSN - Department Manager
|Programs and Services include:
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 — A program of education and exercise classes that teaches patients about the lungs and how to exercise and complete daily activities with less shortness of breath. We tailor the eight-week program to each individual's level of ability. The program consists of monitored exercise sessions and group education 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
This is a maintenance program designed for patients who wish to continue exercising after Phase II. Patients are welcome to come for a session at any time they like during regular hours:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30-11:00 am and 3:45-5:00 pm
- Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 10:30 am.
This program is not billed to insurance.
Payment is due the 1st of each month.
- $30 per month
- $150 for six months
- $300 a year.
Monitored by registered nurses and respiratory therapists, the Phase III program improves cardiopulmonary fitness, muscular strength, and endurance. It is designed 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. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 11am to 12 noon, in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 3300 Main St., second floor, Suite 2A. No meetings are scheduled in July and August. Contact us at 794-7026 to learn what topics are scheduled and who our guest speaker will be.
Smoking Cessation — Individual and group sessions guide participants through the process of quitting. Pulmonary clinicians lead classes on the effects of smoking, benefits of quitting, alternative coping strategies, and appropriate resources to help participants quit and maintain a lifetime free from smoking. Learn more....
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 ling function, including: coughing techniques, chest physical therapy (CPT), postural drainage, acapella, and Vest Therapy.
|About Our Program:
The BMC Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides a comprehensive approach to managing chronic pulmonary diseases, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and bronchiectasis. Our goal is to help patients become more independent and to promote a better understanding of pulmonary disease and control of its symptoms.
Our multidisciplinary team is committed to working with you and your physician to develop a treatment plan to meet your individual needs, monitor your progress, and encourage you to advance at your own pace. Your pulmonary rehabilitation team includes pulmonary nurses, pulmonary physicians, respiratory therapists, a pharmacist, a dietitian, an exercise physiologist, a social worker, and a psychologist.