The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at South Shore Hospital combines therapeutic exercise, education, and nutrition counseling to restore health and improve quality of life for patients with a variety of chronic lung conditions.
Conditions We Treat
- Cystic fibrosis
- Other chronic lung conditions
A physician’s referral is needed to join the program. Certain medical tests are required, including an EKG, stress test, and pulmonary function test. If the necessary tests have already been performed, copies of the results may be provided by the patient. Test results should be from tests taken within the past six months.
Patients meet with our rehabilitation team to review their medical history and goals for the program. Together, they will develop a plan to help the patient reach his/her highest potential.
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team
- Medical director
- Exercise physiologist
- Respiratory therapist
- Registered dietitian
- Registered pharmacist
- Occupational therapist
Our therapists work closely with the referring physician to accomplish each patient's individualized goals and/or restore/maintain each patient’s functional mobility, based on the referring diagnosis.
The program meets twice a week for eight weeks. Each session consists of one hour of monitored exercise in a group setting (individualized to meet each patient’s ability). There is an educational lecture once a week.
Exercise equipment includes:
- Stationary bicycles
- Rowing machines
- Low-level weights
- Arm-strengthening exercise machines
- Seated nu-step cross trainer
Education sessions cover:
- Stress management
- Eating to improve health and fight infection
- Respiratory medications
- Oxygen therapy
- Anatomy of the respiratory system
- and much more
Pulmonary Rehab Transition Program
Pulmonary Rehab Maintenance is a program available to recent graduates of the Pulmonary Rehab Program, which allows participants to continue with their rehab program in a supervised, hospital-based setting.
Insurance coverage is verified by staff before patients join the program. Patients should contact their insurance provider to obtain information regarding the number of sessions covered and what percentage of each session is covered.
America Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The Pulmonary Rehab program recently earned national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Certification verifies that our program meets the strict standards of the AACVPR. AACVPR certification provides the pulmonary patients with the added benefit that the services they are receiving at South Shore Hospital have been nationally recognized as “best practice” models. Certification with AACVPR is required every three years.
For More Information
For further information, call us at 781-624-6842. We will be happy to answer your questions and tell you more about the program.