PMC recognizes Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week

Kathy Atkins

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes the professionals working in Pulmonary Rehabilitation during Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 12–18.


The PMC Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is for people diagnosed with a chronic lung disease that causes shortness of breath resulting in a reduction in their ability to perform daily tasks.


The team of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists includes Sonya Simpson, Dee Smith and Jessica Senters who are trained specifically in pulmonary diseases. This team provides education and coaching with each patient to improve breathing and physical endurance which increases their daily activity level.


“Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program here at PMC is rewarding for our community of patients who are challenged by different pulmonary diseases. It improves their quality of life through education and socialization. This is evident by how many of our patients continue with a maintenance program once they have completed the first phase,” said Deborah Pilkins, director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation.


People suffering from asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, black lung, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension or any other chronic pulmonary conditions would benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation.


“The patients are welcomed and encouraged by the pulmonary rehabilitation staff,” Pilkins added. “They are not alone in this journey which starts with the first phone call to the patient from our office assistant, Sheila King. Each one of the staff members plays an important role in the success of the program.


In order to qualify for the program, patients must be non-smokers or be willing to participate in a smoking cessation program.


“The most rewarding part about this program is the relationship we build with our patients,” said Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist Jessica Senters.


“Our goal is to continue to help patients better manage symptoms of shortness of breath and make pulmonary rehab a beneficial and enjoyable experience,” added Specialist Sonya Simpson.


For more information on Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Pikeville Medical Center, call 606-218-6222.