Respiratory Care


When it comes to excellent respiratory care, Rockcastle RegiOur pulmonologists at Rockcastle Regional Hospital have expertise in a wide range of breathing and lung conditions.onal Hospital’s respiratory therapy department provides patients of all ages with the ability to improve respiratory function and their quality of life. If you suffer from a breathing disorder such as asthma or emphysema, you know the critical importance of having the most effective care. If that care requires a stay in the hospital, the specialized pulmonary and critical care teams at Rockcastle Regional Hospital are here for you.

In addition to providing inpatient respiratory care, the board-certified physicians at Rockcastle Regional Hospital provide technologically-advanced diagnostic services as well as many treatments on an outpatient basis. Their expertise includes asthma, emphysema, COPD, chronic bronchitis, obstructive sleep apnea, occupational lung disease, pneumonia, lung cancer and pulmonary hypertension. To speed recovery, Rockcastle Regional Hospital has a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program. The program is tailored to specific needs to improve strength, endurance and breathing ability through exercise and education.

Some illnesses make breathing more difficult and some people may need a ventilator or respiratory therapy to help them to breathe easier. For many people, each breath is an effort, often causing anxiety, which results in further shortness of breath, increased heart rate, muscle tension and even feelings of panic. This can negatively impact all aspects of life. Our respiratory care goal at Rockcastle Regional Hospital is to help people regain independence by breathing without assistive devices.

Our pulmonologists at Rockcastle Regional Hospital have expertise in a wide range of breathing and lung conditions including structural, inflammatory, infectious and neoplastic disorders of the lung parenchyma, pleura and airways, pulmonary vascular disease and its effect on the cardiovascular system, and detection and prevention of occupational and environmental causes of lung disease. Our respiratory care team is on hand to quickly respond to the needs of any patient experiencing breathing trouble, whether it be temporary or chronic.

The Rockcastle Regional hospital respiratory care department is an important part of the healthcare team. Respiratory therapists have strong critical thinking skills that enable them to effectively assess their patients. You can find them in all areas of the hospital, including both critical and non-critical areas. They work under the direction of our medical doctors to ensure that they meet the unique needs of their patients while providing exceptional care. They take pride in delivering quality care and they can be trusted with every breath.

Pulmonary services at Rockcastle Regional Hospital include:

  • Airway Management | A set of fundamental skills used to prevent and relieve airway obstruction.
  • BiPAP/CPAP | Noninvasive therapies to assist patients with breathing.
  • Breathing Exercises | The utilization of devices to help facilitate airway clearance.
  • Bronchoscopy | Procedure used to look into the lungs to help diagnose diseases.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation | Emergency procedure that consists of a combination of chest compressions and breathing in life threatening situations.
  • Chest Physiotherapy | Percussion and vibration on the chest wall to aid in the removal of secretions.
  • Mechanical Ventilation | An invasive therapy that assists with patient’s breathing.
  • Peak Flow | A test used to determine air flow in and out of the lungs.
  • Pulmonary Function Test | A group of tests that measure air flows and volumes to help determine how well the lungs are working.
  • Pulse Oximetry | Noninvasive method of measuring the oxygen level in the blood.


Rockcastle Regional Hospital’s respiratory care program provides comprehensive rehabilitation led by an experienced team of registered nurses, exercise specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and clinical dieticians. We work together to help every respiratory care patient achieve the best results possible. Our goal at Rockcastle Regional Hospital is to help manage and relieve physical and emotional symptoms and improve the quality of every patient’s life and for patients to achieve an improved level of wellness.