Pulmonary Rehab

Our pulmonary team is excited to work with you on your journey to wellness! Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to reduce symptoms and stabilize lung disease. Most patients with pulmonary disease can maintain their usual level of activities if they learn how to safely live with their condition. We have included some information about pulmonary rehab so you and your family know what to expect. This experience is to meet YOUR GOALS, so let’s get started!

Who can benefit from Pulmonary Rehab?

Individuals with chronic lung disease, including:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pre- and post-lung transplant surgery

How can Pulmonary Rehab help me?

  • Decrease shortness of breath
  • Improve strength and endurance
  • Increase independence
  • Improve understanding of nutritional needs
  • Improve knowledge of oxygen equipment and medications
  • Decrease depression and anxiety
  • Improve coping skills
  • Improve ability to return to work and leisure activities
  • Improve quality of life

How Does Pulmonary Rehabilitation work?

Before beginning the program, you will undergo required testing that may include an EKG, chest x-ray, and a pulmonary function test (if not already completed within one year prior). Once these tests have been completed and you are enrolled, you will continue to meet with your Primary care doctor monthly for follow ups on your progress in the program. Participants join for 6-12 weeks and follow a program tailored to each individual’s specific needs and health condition.

Each session will include:

  • Physician prescribed exercise and education, tailored to meet your personal fitness level and education needs
  • Sessions typically last 1 hour 3 times a week
  • Program length depends greatly on patient goals, patient progress and physician’s recommendations

Get Started

If you do not already have a referral from your physician, talk to him/her about pulmonary rehabilitation and how it might help you! For more information about FCH’s Pulmonary program, call the Cardiopulmonary Department at (402) 759-8202.


Jess Bruguera, RRT

Respiratory manager

402-759-3167 ext. 591

Jill Hammer, BSN, RN

(402) 759 – 3167 ext 550

Brianna Steinacher, BSN, RN

(402) 759 – 3167 ext 552

Multidisciplinary team that also includes:

Miki Loos, LMDT

Registered dietician

(402) 759 – 3167 ext 571

Jillyan Schmidt, LMPH

Stress and coping counselor/educator

(402) 759 – 3192 ext 713

Jess Bruguera, RRT

Respiratory Therapy

(402) 759 – 3167 ext 591

Frequently Asked Questions

Wear layered clothing that is comfortable and allows you to move freely. We will need access to your chest for monitor leads. Your shoes also need to be comfortable, supportive, and secure.

Please bring a current medications list to your first session. If you are diabetic and check your blood sugars, please record your blood sugars to report daily to your cardiac nurse. Also, we encourage you to bring a list of any questions you may have.

Yes! We encourage your spouse or supportive person to visit rehab anytime to watch or join in on education sessions, especially the nutrition education.

We will be as flexible as we can at making up sessions on another day if possible. We ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a scheduled session. To cancel or change a scheduled appointment, call (402) 759-8202.

This is the beauty of personalizing a program. During your treatment plan assessment we will discuss limitations and can always find ways to modify activities to fit your fitness level!

Insurance plans vary, so call your insurance company to clarify the extent of your coverage. If you have more questions, please contact our Prior Auth Specialist, Dorene Sattler, at (402) 759-3167.