Using the latest equipment and technology, St. Anthony's experienced and licensed respiratory therapists and pulmonary technologists perform a broad range of pulmonary tests as prescribed by physicians to help diagnose and treat respiratory conditions. Comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pulmonary services include:

  • diagnosis
  • education
  • rehabilitation
  • therapy

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program designed to help people who experience breathing problems. This includes those who have chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis; asthma sufferers, and people with bronchiectasis, restrictive lung disease, cystic fibrosis, or other respiratory diseases. The program helps patients breathe better and improve overall health and strength.

Program Features

Exercise helps increase your endurance, strength and flexibility. You may walk on a treadmill, ride an exercise bike, use an arm ergometer, or perform exercises in a chair.  Your heart, blood pressure, and oxygen levels will be monitored before, during and after exercise.

Education gives you a better understanding of your lung disease, including how your lungs work and how your disease affects your breathing. Breathing techniques help you control your shortness of breath. Medications, diet, stress reduction and home equipment education are an essential part of your rehabilitation sessions. You will learn new ways to complete everyday tasks, giving you more energy.

Emotional support is an integral component of pulmonary rehabilitation. Your self-confidence will improve as you are able to perform your daily activities with greater ease. You may also wish to attend our monthly cardiopulmonary support group meetings. Your spouse, family members, and friends also are welcome. Meetings include guest speakers on a wide variety of topics.

Getting Started

Your physician must refer you for pulmonary services. You will receive an individualized program developed just for you and attend a one-hour session, two or three days a week. Typically, patients attend 24 to 36 sessions for 12 weeks. Because regular exercise is so important, a regular exercise routine will be developed for you once you have completed pulmonary rehabilitation.  Using what you learn through pulmonary rehabilitation can help you to remain active and maintain control over your breathing.

Most visits are covered by Medicare and many private insurance companies. The pulmonary rehabilitation staff will assist you in making financial arrangements.


The Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department is located in Suite 105 of the Physician’s Office Center. (See interactive map.)

For more information call pulmonary rehab at 314-525-1735.