Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
NYU Winthrop Hospital’s renowned Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides education, exercise, group support and a home maintenance regimen for patients with breathing disorders.
Patients with asthma, emphysema, some lung cancers or any condition that affects the lungs may benefit from an 8-week Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Through intensive, supervised exercise, education, behavior modification and emotional support, the program helps patients improve their lives by learning how to cope with their lung conditions, gradually improving their endurance and returning to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Long Island’s Pulmonary Rehab Program
Established more than 31 years ago, the program is staffed by a team of respiratory therapists, physical therapists and registered nurses who are committed to meeting the unique needs of each patient.
Long-Term Benefits of the Pulmonary Rehab Program
Graduates of the program have access to a rehabilitation gym at NYU Winthrop Hospital so they can maintain the benefits of improved breathing after the program ends. Mara Bernstein, LRT, and Administrative Director of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, is devoted to the development and enhancement of advocacy programs for patients with COPD and has a pivotal role in the development and operation of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.
A Patient’s Story
Although 69-year-old James Riegel of Baldwin, NY, has advanced emphysema, he hasn’t been hospitalized with any lung-related complications for over twelve years. A retired detective, Riegel attributes his success in managing his condition to NYU Winthrop’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. “The Program has drastically improved my life.”