Iredell Health System is pleased to announce the completion of renovations
to the building that houses its Cardiopulmonary services.
Located in the Outpatient Services building on the campus of Iredell Memorial
Hospital, the renovations enlarged the patient space and will now decrease
the number of patients waiting to be admitted to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.
“The expansion allows us to offer both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
to the largest number of patients, provides a safe environment, and has
adequate equipment to help patients achieve and maintain optimal health,”
said Lisa Warren, Manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation for Iredell
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program tailored to individual
patients with chronic respiratory impairment, such as Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer,
and more. The program, which enables patients to function better in daily
life, consists of individualized exercise training, nutritional counseling,
and education on lung disease. It helps patients learn to manage their
health conditions and teaches techniques to help conserve energy, breathing
strategies, tobacco cessation, psychological counseling and/or group support.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a newer addition to the Health System’s
growing service line, starting a year ago in February 2015. Before the
addition of pulmonary rehabilitation, Iredell Health System only offered
Cardiac Rehabilitation, a medically supervised, comprehensive program
for persons with heart disease. Patients needing pulmonary rehabilitation
had to travel to other programs more than 30 miles away – an inconvenience
that Warren said made many patients opt out of treatment. Seeing the need
for the service closer to home, Iredell Health System added the program
last year and has had a full waiting list ever since.
“Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program has supported the health and
wellness of cardiac patients in Iredell County for 33 years,” said
Warren. “We’ve seen great results with our Pulmonary program
over the past year and now, with the renovated space, look forward to
serving more patients and helping them lead healthier, happier lives.”
For more information, contact Meagan Kowalski or call 704.878.7447.