Pulmonary Rehabilitation


Each of Rockcastle Regional Hospital’s certified pulmonologists have the knowledge and skill needed to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the lungs and breathing, including:

  • AsthmaPulmonary rehabilitation at Rockcastle Regional Hospital decreases the number of days a patient stays in the hospital.
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung transplant
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Obesity-related respiratory disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sleep apnea


Pulmonary rehabilitation may also benefit ex-smokers, oxygen dependent patients and pre or post-op lung surgery patients. Pulmonary rehabilitation is for those people who want to improve their quality of life.

Everyday activities can be overwhelming for people with emphysema, COPD or any other chronic respiratory condition. If you have been diagnosed with a respiratory ailment, you know all too well that breathing can be an exhausting struggle robbing you of life’s pleasures. The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Rockcastle Regional Hospital is individualized and closely monitored by healthcare professionals who help you develop skills to manage your condition and restore quality of life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation can give a patient more independence in carrying out his or her daily activities and may result in fewer visits to the emergency room. Pulmonary rehabilitation also can decrease the number of days a patient spends in the hospital.

Rockcastle Regional Hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation program combines exercise training with education, behavioral modifications and emotional support to help patients with a chronic lung condition control symptoms and improve day-to-day life. The pulmonary rehabilitation team consists of your personal physician, a board-certified pulmonologist, an exercise physiologist and a registered respiratory therapist. Pulmonary rehabilitation is supervised and structured. This means that it will include evaluation of your symptoms and treatment, short-term and long-term goals, education, support and supervised therapy programs.

Goals of pulmonary rehabilitation at Rockcastle Regional Hospital include:

  • Providing patients with a better understanding of their disease and their symptoms
  • Improving breathing efficiency
  • Improving activity tolerance
  • Reducing the need and frequency of hospitalizations
  • Guiding patients toward more independent self-care
  • Having less symptoms and fewer complications
  • Improving daily function
  • Being as independent as possible
  • Having a better quality of life
  • Helping to understand the disease process


At Rockcastle Regional Hospital pulmonary rehabilitation, you are in control of your program. You are an active participant in your treatment and your motivation plays a huge part in your success. Rockcastle Regional Hospital uses a comprehensive approach to rehabilitate and empower our patients, teaching them how to manage their condition and giving them the tools to maintain their pulmonary function in their daily lives. Our goal is to help each and every patient increase their endurance and exercise capacity, reduce the symptoms of the disease, decrease hospital admissions and achieve the best possible lung function.

Rockcastle Regional Hospital will educate you on your disease, your medication, your exercises, your individualized plan and more. It is our goal that every patient understands both their disease and the treatment.