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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

facebook-iconRehabilitation For Your Recovery
Rehabilitation is an important part of your recovery! Research supports that cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation improves the outcomes for patients with either cardiac or pulmonary disorders.

Our comprehensive Saint Elizabeth programs provide a number of benefits for heart and lung patients. We accomplish this through: education, exercise, and support.
treadmillHere are some of the benefits you might expect from our programs:

  • Become physically stronger
  • Quit smoking
  • Weight loss
  • Recognize and deal with stress
  • Better understand your disease and treatment
  • Cope with feelings and emotions
  • Improve your breathing techniques
  • Understand the medications you are taking
  • Reduce your risk for further health problems

We are proud that our program has been approved by Cardiac and Pulmonary physicians from the Lincoln Community. We are also a nationally certified program through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation---all to assure that you will receive excellent care!

Our Rehab Team
Our qualified staff supervise each session---monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac rhythm, and oxygen saturation as needed. The key to your success is skill and dedication of our Rehab Team! 

Our team is comprised of:

  • Registered Nurses specially trained in Cardiopulmonary Care
  • Registered Respiratory Therapists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Registered Pharmacists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physicians
  • And most importantly, YOU!

Here is our Saint Elizabeth Rehab Team of friendly, well trained staff.

 Who should Attend?
If you have a Cardiac or Pulmonary condition call us at 402.219.8717. Our staff will review with you, your situation and evaluate your eligibility for a rehab program.
What Happens in a Rehabilitation Program?
Our Saint Elizabeth Rehab Program consists of three levels or phases.

lungsInpatient Rehab: The first phase occurs while you are in the hospital. The amount of rehab will be dependent upon your diagnosis and length of stay in the hospital. It is during this time that you start learning about your diagnosis and how it will be treated. You may have received instructions to change your diet, stop smoking, and start exercising.
Acute Outpatient: The second phase occurs during outpatient visits three times per week. At your first visit, we will design a program to meet your specific needs. Your program will consist of exercise and education to assist you with lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health.

  • You will be scheduled to attend rehab three days each week for approximately 6-8 weeks. Additional sessions may be added as necessary
  • Your exercise sessions are approximately one hour in length, three-days-per-week.
  • Your education sessions are an additional hour one-day-per-week.
  • Relaxation sessions are offered one day-per-week.

Maintenance: The last level of rehabilitation is to maintain an exercise program. We offer this program during which you will continue to exercise up to five times per week. The staff will continue to provide support while you independently exercise. Your spouse can join you during this phase of the program.

What does this cost?
We offer a program, competitively-priced within this region. Rehabilitation services are covered by most insurance plans and by Medicare. We will assist you in understanding whether your insurance or Medicare coverage includes this benefit.

How Do I Get Started?

Rehabilitation requires a referral from your physician. If you have a cardiac or pulmonary condition ask your physician to refer you to Saint Elizabeth for your Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our staff can also assist you with obtaining an order.

Call us at 402.219.8717 or contact us by email now, or send an e-mail later to:

Where to find us!

We are located on the north side of the Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center campus---off of "L" Street. Parking is available in the north surface parking lot adjacent to the rehab center---signs will let you know where you may park.

Click here for a map

Our Cardiac Rehab

Click here for a brochure.

Our Cardiac Rehab services are designed to assist people with the following diagnoses or following these procedures:

  • Angioplasty
  • Stent insertion (Coronary Artery)
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass
  • Valve Surgery
  • Angina

Information on Pulmonary Rehab
Click here for a brochure.

Our Pulmonary Rehab services are designed to assist people with the following diagnoses:

  • Chronic Obstructive Lung disease [COPD]
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Lung Transplant

Student Internships
Click here for more information if you are interested in a student Internship at the Saint Elizabeth Cardiac-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center.