Respiratory Therapy


Some illnesses make breathing more difficult and your loved one may need a ventilator or respiratory therapy to help him or her breathe easier. Respiratory therapy at Rockcastle Regional Hospital is unmatched in the region. For many people, each breath is an effort, often causing anxiety, which results in further shortness of breath, increased heart rate, muscle tensions and even feelings of panic. This can negatively impact all aspects of life.

Today, our Respiratory Care Center facility at Rockcastle Regional Hospital offers comfortable, professional long-term care for 135 ventilator-dependent residents. Our staff has extensive knowledge and experience in many conditions that lead to ventilator dependence. Some of our residents wean off the ventilators quickly, while others take longer and some are not able to wean due to injuries or progressive diseases.

Rockcastle’s Respiratory Center is staffed by respiratory therapists who provide round-the-clock coverage. They care for patients who have impaired lung function under the direction of our board-certified pulmonologists and our medical directors. The department operates and maintains highly sophisticated equipment to administer oxygen, uses mechanical ventilation for patients who can’t breathe on their own and monitors and manages therapy to help patients recover lung function. Respiratory therapists at Rockcastle Regional Hospital are vital members of our respiratory health care team. Our therapists work with patients at all levels of care and all ages, from premature infants to geriatric patients.

Respiratory therapy at Rockcastle Regional Hospital diagnoses and treats patients affected with chronic and acute lung diseases including:

  • Acute and chronic respiratory failureThe excellent respiratory therapy at Rockcastle Regional Hospital is truly unmatched in south Central Kentucky.
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tuberculosis


People who have cardiovascular issues or sleep disorders, as well as infants who are born premature, might also need respiratory therapy to help them breathe more easily. Respiratory therapists at Rockcastle Regional Hospital also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attack, stroke or other forms of trauma.

Specialized respiratory therapy care at Rockcastle Regional Hospital includes:

  • Assessment and treatment of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases
  • Airway management
  • Arterial blood gas testing
  • Pulmonary function testing including basic spirometry, body plethysmography and diffusion capacity
  • Respiratory mechanics including compliance, resistance, lung volumes and weaning parameters
  • Aerosol and bronchodilator therapy
  • Mechanical ventilation, both invasive and noninvasive
  • Neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care


Benefits from respiratory therapy at Rockcastle Regional Hospital include:

  • Improved symptom control, including a reduction in shortness of breath, fatigue and anxiety
  • Improved exercise tolerance and ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Improved understanding of pulmonary disease and treatment optionsv
  • Improved quality of life


Patients seeking comprehensive, cutting-edge treatment for lung diseases and disorders can find this specialized care at Rockcastle Regional Hospital. Our respiratory therapy specialists provide compassionate care for patients who may be facing any number of lung diseases ranging from cystic fibrosis to lung cancer.

Breathe easier with respiratory therapy at Rockcastle Regional Hospital. Our respiratory therapists provide excellent care for patients with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders. Treatment plans are designed to return each patient to his or her optimal pulmonary function while promoting an understanding of the disease process.

When it comes to respiratory therapy … come to Rockcastle Regional Hospital.