Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a program of education and exercise to increase awareness about your lungs and your disease. You will learn to achieve exercise with less shortness of breath. The skills and knowledge learned in the program will help you feel better and manage your chronic lung disease. You’ll become stronger by increasing your level of fitness. Exercising your lungs and your muscles helps you be more active so you can do the things you enjoy with your loved ones. Pulmonary rehabilitation may even decrease the need for hospital visits. This program is designed to improve lung function, reduce symptom severity, and improve quality of life.

Hannibal Regional’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program includes the following components:

  • Initial assessment to develop an individualized treatment plan
  • Breathing exercises
  • Aerobic exercise
  • How to handle lung flare-up (exacerbation)
  • Understanding your prescribed medications
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Smoking Cessation

The cost to you of PR depends on your insurance coverage and the program you choose. Medicare covers pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD if you meet certain requirements. Medicare may also cover PR for one or more of the following conditions: Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency, Asbestosis, Asthma, Chronic bronchitis, Cystic fibrosis, Bronchiectasis, Pulmonary fibrosis, Sarcoidosis, Interstitial lung disease, Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery, lung volume reduction surgery and before and after lung transplants.

Please contact your insurance provider to confirm eligibility and cost of pulmonary rehabilitation services.

The goal of Hannibal Regional’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to help guide our patients’ to BETTER breathing by teaching each patient how to manage their chronic lung disease which will improve their overall quality of life. For questions and more information, regarding Hannibal Regional’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, please contact:

  • Kristie McCoy, BSRT, RRT-ACCS, Senior Respiratory Therapist - 573-248-5354
  • Cecelia Hurst BSN, RN Care Management, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Endocrinology -573-629-3976