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  • Pulmonary Program

    While all Kindred centers care for patients with pulmonary diagnoses, some centers offer additional and advanced capabilities to care for these patients. Our pulmonary program helps patients breathe easier. Through this program, our patients benefit from specialized processes, tools and equipment as well as an interdisciplinary team with specific training and extra experience for the conditions they treat.

    Our pulmonary program is designed to help each patient achieve positive outcomes through evidence-based clinical care so that each patient can regain function – all with the combination of critical thinking and clinical excellence that has made Kindred a leader in the field.

    Over 20 years ago, Kindred Healthcare pioneered the first hospitals in the nation to specialize in pulmonary treatment—primarily ventilator management and weaning. The pulmonary treatment we provide continues that same tradition of quality care.

    Interdisciplinary Care Team

    Our patients have access to an interdisciplinary care team consisting of:

    • Pulmonologists or other specially trained consulting physicians
    • Nurses trained in pulmonary and respiratory interventions and management strategies
    • Rehabilitation therapists (respiratory, physical, occupational and speech)
    • Social workers
    • Registered dietitians
    • Case managers

    Conditions and Services

We treat a variety of conditions and provide an array of services including, but not limited to:

    • COPD – bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis and/or asthma
    • Post-ventilator stabilization and tracheostomy decannulation and/or stabilization
    • Pneumonia
    • Occupational or environmental lung disease
    • Interstitial fibrosis
    • Post-surgical lung resection or transplant
    • Lung cancer
    • Post-thoracic and abdominal surgery
    • Disorders requiring CPAP and BiPAP, including obstructive sleep apnea
    • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
    • Respiratory infection requiring IV antibiotic therapy

    Through our pulmonary program, patients have access to the following:

    • Specialty physician expertise
    • Physical, occupational and speech therapy available up to seven days a week
    • Anxiety and pain management
    • Progressive exercise regimen tailored to fit each patient’s needs and abilities
    • Patient and family education
    • Healthy lifestyle programs such as nutrition education, smoking cessation, stress and weight reduction
    • Pulmonary hygiene and management strategies
    • Individualized plan of care for the patient’s specific needs
    • Ability to reserve a room prior to surgery through our Reservation Program
    • Advanced, on-site technology such as bedside spirometry and continuous pulse oximetry
    • On-site case management

    Recovery and Results

    We continually strive to improve patient outcomes and rates of recovery and to reduce the need for patients to return to the hospital. For patients in our pulmonary program, we focus on improving these key areas:

    • Activities of daily living
    • Distance walked during a six-minute walk test
    • Pain management
    • Changes in breathlessness and exertion during exercise

    Easy Referral, Admission and Discharge

    We offer streamlined processes for referral, admission and discharge home. This enables patients to quickly receive the care they need after they leave the hospital and get home faster once they are better. We also feature progressive care planning and education designed to help prepare patients for care at home or transition to a less complex care setting as quickly as their needs allow.

    Customized Rehabilitation and Treatment

    We work closely with our partners at the American Lung Association at http://www.lungusa.org/. For more information, ask to speak to one of our experts on staff.

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