Heart & Vascular

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs

Spectrum Health’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program consists of education and exercise designed specifically for patients with pulmonary disease (diseases related to lungs and breathing). Patients work with a team of respiratory therapists and exercise specialists who focus on pulmonary rehabilitation. As required, a dietitian and psychologist are available to participants. Sessions are tailored to meet each person’s individual needs.

Who Benefits from Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Individuals with pulmonary disorders can be referred to the program. This includes but is not limited to patients with diseases such as:

Goals of pulmonary rehabilitation

  • Learning techniques to manage lung disease
  • Improving activities of daily living (such as walking, taking a shower, getting dressed or climbing stairs)
  • Returning to highest level of function
  • Enhancing quality of life

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Features

During the education program, patients will learn how to:

  • Breathe differently to help control shortness of breath
  • Conserve energy to help reduce fatigue throughout the day
  • Help manage secretions using coughing techniques
  • Exercise safely
  • Correctly use an inhaler and spacer
  • Minimize anxiety and depression
  • Quit smoking, if needed

During the exercise program, patients will improve strength and endurance with a strong emphasis on exercising safely. When muscles are unconditioned, they don’t use oxygen as efficiently. This results in muscle fatigue and shortness of breath.

What Can I Expect?

Pulmonary rehabilitation meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and usually lasts for eight weeks (or 16 sessions). For a small fee, maintenance programs are available for individuals who complete the eight week program.

The first appointment

  • Take a six-minute walk test
  • Identify things that make you short of breath
  • Review your respiratory medications

Subsequent sessions

  • Exercise at your own pace (gradually increasing speed and time)
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Build confidence and minimize fear (this program is designed to maximize health)

The Spectrum Health pulmonary rehabilitation gym is not your every-day fitness club—walkers, canes, and oxygen tanks are not uncommon.

Referrals to Pulmonary Rehabilitation

A physician referral is required for enrollment in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Contact your pulmonologist or primary care physician to determine if you would benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation. Check with your insurance provider to determine benefits prior to starting the program.

Contact Us

To speak with a Spectrum Health representative and learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation call 616.486.6577.


2902 Bradford Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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