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PHW Pulmonary Rehab Program Enhances Patient’s Life

WINNSBORO, Texas — Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro (PHW) introduced a pulmonary rehabilitation program in Nov. 2007 to bring a much needed service closer to home. Local resident Robert Johnson is grateful.

After receiving an arterial artery bypass on both legs, Johnson was not able to rebound as quickly as he expected due to some unforeseen problems, including a wound that would not heal properly and would require him to remain in bed for three to four weeks.

“Two months after surgery I wasn’t breathing well and was unable to walk without a walker,” Johnson said. “Two separate physicians recommended I get cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation in order to decrease my dependence on a walker and increase my ability to get around.”

Getting around is important to Johnson. He and his wife are currently raising their five-year-old grandson.

“After two weeks of rehab at PHW, I started to feel better,” Johnson said. “I went twice a week while recovering from various ailments. I believe pulmonary rehab, combined with cardiac rehab, really helped.”

Having the service available in Winnsboro was an added bonus to Johnson. The next closest place offering these services is in Pittsburg, about 25 miles away.

“We are proud to offer pulmonary rehabilitation to Winnsboro and its surrounding communities,” said Connie Payne, director of cardio-pulmonary services at PHW. “It is important for anyone needing these services to know that they don’t have to drive far to receive quality rehabilitation services.”

Johnson was able to use what he learned and apply it to daily life.

“My breathing ability increased and I do all my exercises at home,” he said. “I was even able to use the breathing exercises when I recently suffered through a cold. Knowing what to do, and how to do it, really makes a difference when you’re having trouble breathing. It’s great to know that help is close by when I need it.”

Payne suggests that people having trouble breathing contact their physician to see if pulmonary rehabilitation is right for them.

“We can help a lot of people with our services,” Payne said. “It’s amazing the increased quality of life our patients see while and after participating in PHW’s pulmonary rehab program.”

Johnson agrees. Keeping up with his grandchildren is a bit easier now that he is able to walk around for longer periods of time.

“I’m grateful,” he said.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro
Guided by its mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is a 50-bed facility offering a wide range of services including general surgery, outpatient services, a 24-hour emergency department and a wound care center with hyperbaric unit.  The hospital is a member of Texas Health Resources.  For more information about the hospital and its services, call 1-800-4-Presby or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit

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