The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is designed to assist those suffering from various chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and other conditions. The primary objectives are education and progressive exercise. With a physician's referral, the pulmonary rehabilitation team can establish a personalized program to meet an individual's specific needs and goals.

The inpatient program is designed for patients who are hospitalized. The goal is patient instruction on proper breathing techniques, administration of breathing medications and correct oxygen usage with and without activity. Upon discharge, a referral for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation may be recommended.

Outpatient rehabilitation sessions are held twice a week for eight to 12 weeks. The program combines education, therapeutic exercises and functional activities. The rehabilitation team assists patients with coping and understanding the disease process, allowing the patients to once again function independently.

The program is individualized to the patient with a focus on improving the quality of life. Each session consists of education and exercise lasting approximately one to two hours. Emphasis is placed on providing a better understanding of the diseases process, improving breathing and coughing techniques, symptom monitoring, supervising exercise, smoking cessation and diet.

Once patients have successfully completed the outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation portion, maintenance sessions are recommended. The maintenance program is tailored to the needs of the individual and meant to encourage healthy living. These sessions are not covered by insurance. Referrals are required.

Program Requirements

  • Physician referral
  • Qualifying diagnosis
  • Test results: Pulmonary function studies, EKG, lab work, chest X-ray within the past 90 days
  • Consultation: An appointment is arranged to discuss and evaluate special needs, establish goals, and design a program to help patients achieve the goals.

Medicare and most insurance companies will pay for the components of pulmonary rehabilitation. Coverage amount is dependent on the specific insurance company.

For more information, call 254-556-7773.

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