Cape Cod Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation


About the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Cape Cod Hospital

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a comprehensive conditioning and education program designed to help individuals suffering from such illnesses as COPD, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema cope with the implications of lung disease. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Cape Cod Hospital provides an outpatient clinic consisting of an eight week (16-sessions) exercise and education program.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Prevent and treat pulmonary complications
  • Cope effectively with chronic disease
  • Attain the highest level of functional capacity


The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program uses a team approach. The core members of the team include a physician, a nurse coordinator, two nurses, an occupational therapist, a dietitian, a pharmacist, a respiratory therapist, a psychologist and a pulmonologist. The nurse coordinator oversees and directs all aspects of the program and coordinates the educational and the exercise plans. The occupational therapist coordinates energy conservation development while the psychologist assists in teaching coping strategies. The physician is the medical director for the program.


Referrals may be made by a pulmonologist, by a primary care physician, by medical personnel or the individual seeking treatment may self-refer. Prior to entering the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, participants must meet certain criteria. Each participant will be interviewed by a pulmonary rehabilitation nurse. Participants will be required to complete diagnostic tests prior to the start of the program.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is structured in groups consisting of approximately eight to ten participants in each group. This allows for safe monitoring, effective teaching and peer support for each individual.


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Medications
  • Coping Strategies
  • Energy Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Travel
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Health Care Decisions
  • “Ask the Doctor”
  • Techniques to Cope with Daily Activities

The program lasts for eight weeks with three hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

One hour of each session consists of a presentation of educational material in the form of a lecture, intergroup discussion or videos.

The second hour consists of a stretching routine with exercise training on a stationary bike and walking on a treadmill. Each individual’s exercise goals are established at the start of the program using data gathered from the exercise test.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program thor- oughly documents each individual’s progress beginning with their entry into the program and continuing through-out each session of the eight week program. At the conclusion of the 16 sessions, each participant’s records are given a final evaluation and sent to their primary care physi- cian or pulmonologist.


A maintenance program is offered to all of those who complete the eight week program. The maintenance program is held three days a week for an hour and a half, consisting of a stretching routine and exercise on a treadmill and a sta- tionary bike.


  • Dian Birch, RN
  • Rose O’Sullivan, LPN, 508-862-5709
  • Mary Jamous, RN, 508-862-5709


  • Albert Barrows, MD

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Cape Cod Hospital
P.O. Box 640
27 Park Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
508-862-7945 Fax

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