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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne Adds Pulmonary Rehab Services
03/28/2011

CLEBURNE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne has added pulmonary rehabilitation services to help individuals with chronic respiratory diseases to live better lives.

Pulmonary rehab programs offer education and progressive exercise to help individuals improve their stamina and ability to carry out activities of daily living. Individuals with chronic conditions such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and other conditions can benefit from pulmonary rehab.

“People with respiratory diseases often need help building up their ability to breathe more effectively,” said Dr. Andrew Anyadiegwu, a pulmonologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne. “Patients frequently are amazed at how much easier simple tasks of daily living can be when they are given the tools to breathe better.”

Pulmonary rehab services benefit both patients admitted to the hospital and those who are coming for outpatient treatments. Inpatient services focus on breathing techniques that help to improve the person’s breathing. Outpatient services focus on building a program of breathing techniques, exercise and education.

To offer the services at Texas Health Cleburne, the hospital converted an office space and purchased exercise equipment. A physician’s order is required to seek treatment in the program.

“We are pleased to bring this service to individuals in Johnson County and the surrounding areas,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. For more information, visit www.TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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