Pulmonary Rehabilitation

To learn more about better breathing
through pulmonary rehabilitation, please call :
(304) 368-5435

The pulmonary rehabilitation program strives to stabilize or reverse both the physical and mental aspects of pulmonary disease. Patients participating in a pulmonary rehab program have shown a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and number of days spent in the hospital. The physical condition as well as the self-esteem of the participants is improved allowing them to return to activities they previously had difficulty performing.

The pulmonary rehab program provides exercise, strength and endurance training, education, and emotional support to patients with chronic respiratory impairments. Individuals are referred to the program by their primary care physician, thoracic surgeon or pulmonologist. All potential patients receive a preliminary screening to determine their eligibility for the program. A pulmonary function test must be completed within 6 months prior to entering the program.

A registered nurse coordinates all patient care and the medical director reviews all treatment plans and meets with each patient one on one monthly. Progress reports are sent monthly to the referring physicians and/or primary care practitioner.

Who can benefit?
Individuals who may benefit from pulmonary rehab often have COPD. Other pulmonary diseases that might qualify an individual for pulmonary rehab include:

  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Patients requiring lung transplants
  • Black Lung
  • Pulmonary hypertension

The Pulmonary Rehab program is located on the main floor of Fairmont Regional Medical Center. Easily accessible parking is available. Program graduates are eligible for an initial discounted membership to the FRMC HealthPLUS Fitness Center. Patients will enjoy the seamless transition from the rehab program to a personalized fitness and wellness program available with a HealthPLUS Fitness Center membership.