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Pulmonary Rehab

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary program of care for patients with chronic respiratory impairment.

Who may benefit?

You, or someone you know, could benefit greatly from pulmonary rehabilitation. The CHRISTUS

St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for adults who are increasingly limited in their everyday activities due to emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung surgery and environmental or occupational lung disease.

What will you gain?

By participating in pulmonary rehabilitation, you’ll achieve a better understanding of your lung disease and learn methods for overcoming the breathing challenges you face.

Program structure

Pulmonary rehabilitation incorporates physical reconditioning, self-care education, and breathing exercises and techniques that will improve your ability to carry out your daily activities. The program will also help you reduce the risks and complications of lung irritation and/or infection, and promote social interaction and emotional well-being.

You will learn how to:

  • Safely and comfortably increase your exercise tolerance.
  • Use the equipment and exercise at a pace that is right for you.
  • Alleviate the shortness of breath that comes with activity through breathing exercises and techniques.
  • Properly use your medications.
  • Correctly maintain your home care respiratory equipment.
  • Recognize, treat and resist respiratory infection and flare-ups.
  • Use relaxation and “panic breathing” techniques.
  • Improve your dietary choices to promote nutrition and strength.
  • Conserve energy and improve work efficiency.
  • Get more enjoyment from leisure time by reducing the obstacles you experience during outings and travel.

Phase II

Phase II of the pulmonary rehabilitation program lasts approximately seven weeks. You may be allowed one make-up week for missed sessions depending on your situation. Orientation and initial healthcare evaluations are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. This is followed by healthcare education classes held on Fridays and physical reconditioning sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the remaining 8 - 12 weeks. Although not necessary, a friend or family member is encouraged to accompany you.


Program graduates are encouraged to maintain their new exercise progress in two ways:

1.) As your Phase II Program ends, you will learn home exercises as alternatives to the formal program.
2.) CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center has a Community Gym membership program for a small fee. This program is structured to offer you ample support for continued growth.

How to enroll

Your test results, medical history, respiratory symptoms and questions will be addressed during your pre-program interview. Please schedule by calling 505-913-5549.

The CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located down the health services wing of the hospital. Enter through the Specialty Services door in front of the hospital, take hallway of health services wing to elevator. Take elevator to the basement.

Getting started

You will need a signed program referral or prescription from your doctor in order to participate in pulmonary rehabilitation. The referral and other information regarding your physical condition links us to your doctor so that we may work together to provide you with the best possible care.

You may need to undergo a limited physical examination and diagnostic tests. Your doctor will decide whether you are able to participate and may order any of the following:

  • Chest x-ray (CXR)
  • Exercise stress test
  • Pulmonary function test (PFT)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Basic blood tests

If you do not have a doctor, please call CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at (505) 913-5549.

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Contact Us

Pulmonary Rehab

455 St. Michael’s Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: 505.913.5549
Fax: 505.913.3998

Office Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm , M-F