The Breathing Center
To care for a variety of respiratory conditions, the Christian Hospital Breathing Center offers a comprehensive treatment plan, personalized to each patient. Our team of pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and nurses work with our patients to stabilize their condition, provide emotional support and improve the overall fitness of your body, heart and lungs.
The Breathing Center provides patients with pulmonary rehabilitation, a program commonly used to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) breathe easier. This structured outpatient program improves physical conditioning and functional breathing capacities through an assortment of exercises. All patient activities are closely monitored by specialists. This comprehensive lung program usually entails 12 to 18 visits. The course educates patients on their individual condition and methods to best cope with the disease, with a focus on quality of life.
It's difficult to do anything when you're short of breath, but some asthma attacks can be so severe that not enough oxygen reaches vital organs, which can be life threatening. The Breathing Center provides asthma treatment from a pulmonologist, nurse clinical coordinator and respiratory therapists well-trained in asthma education. Together, the team creates a personalized action plan that helps patients to not only cope with the symptoms of asthma but prevent symptoms from occurring.
Breathing Center Support Group
The Breathing Center Support Group is free and open to anyone with a lung disorder, such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension and emphysema. Led by a registered respiratory therapist, family and friends of support group members are also welcome to attend meetings. Meetings can also include seminars, guest speakers, educational materials and crafts. The support group meets one Tuesday a month from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare provide world-class medical care to families in North St. Louis County, St. Louis and Southwestern Illinois.