OMC Pulmonary Rehab Makes a Difference in Every Day Lives
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed
to help patients with breathing problems control their symptoms and improve
their day-to-day activities through exercise training and behavioral and
educational programs. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation team includes physicians,
respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians,
social workers, mental health care providers and exercise specialists.
On a daily basis, Ruth Nabors, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Coordinator/Therapist;
Becky Russell, OMC Rehab Tech; and Claribel Newton, OMC Therapist, interact
with the Pulmonary Rehab patients.
Success of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program can be demonstrated through
the improvements of Linda Cates, Kathy Patton, and Mary Jo Miller since
they started the program.
“I started out in a wheelchair,” said Linda Cates. “I
couldn’t walk long distances, drive a car, and I had no energy for
doing light tasks. Now I am without the wheelchair and I can do all the
other things, too!”
Kathy Patton is thankful that OMC offers the program in West Plains. “Having
Pulmonary Rehab available in West Plains is so special as there are many
patients that can’t make the trip to Springfield or another hospital,”
said Kathy. “I am in phase 3. I’m not sure I would be getting
around or breathing at all without the help I’ve received in the
Mary Jo Miller attributes the Pulmonary Rehab program to her feeling better
as well. “I have been coming to OMC Pulmonary Rehab for some time
now, and quite frankly, I might not be here if it weren’t for these
three lovely ladies, Ruth, Becky and Claribel,” said Mary Jo. “Their
professional abilities have taught me to be okay with my lung disease.
These ladies are willing to share our concerns and have instilled in me
that it is okay to wear an oxygen cannula and tank.”
“We as a group, patients and staff, have formed a sisterhood if you
will. Pulmonary Rehab is a place that I am proud to be a part of,”
said Mary Jo.
Kathy agrees with Mary Jo and adds, “The physical part, of course
is great. However, the enthusiasm and support shown by Ruth, Becky, and
Claribel is what makes the program so special. The patients leave with
lifted spirits. It is hard to be sad or down around Ruth. She is a very
special person who truly cares about each patient.”
For more information about how OMC's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
can help people suffering from chronic lung conditions learn to get more
enjoyment out of life, call the OMC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at
OMC Pulmonary Rehab staff and patients posed in their matching t-shirts.
Pictured left to right: Claribel Newton, OMC Therapist; Mary Jo Miller,
patient; Ruth Nabors, Pulmonary Rehab Program Coordinator/Therapist; Linda
Cates, patient; Kathy Patton, patient; and Becky Russell, Rehab Tech.