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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

St. Charles is a New York rehabilitation leader and offers some of the most comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation available in one location anywhere on Long Island. This includes our acute, hospital-based cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, as well as our outpatient program in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

St.  Charles is accredited for comprehenisve integrated inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accreditation, and we bring this expertise to the treatment of patients with a variety of pulmonary conditions at every stage of disease progression.

This includes individuals requiring rehabilitation for:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Lung Diseases
  • Neuromuscular Pulmonary Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Restrictive Lung Disease
  • Scoliosis Affecting Lungs

Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at St. Charles is an outpatient specialty program designed to help participants breathe easier and reduce hospitalizations. The program features exercise, education and wellness support to help prevent disease and continually improve health.


A physician prescription for pulmonary rehabilitation is required. Professional staff at St. Charles determine eligibility for the program based their assessment of pre-requisite test results. Our office coordinator assists participants with obtaining required test results.


Following an initial evaluation by a St. Charles physical therapist, participants complete a customized exercise program. Classes are held for one hour, 3 times a week for a total of 16 sessions.

During class, participants are supervised by a St. Charles physical therapist and respiratory therapist, who specialize in pulmonary rehabilitation. These experts lead participants through physical conditioning and breathing retraining exercises, such as pursed lip, diaphragmatic, and paced breathing. At St. Charles, pulse oxymetry is used to monitor blood oxygen levels. Oxygen is available as ordered by the physician for patients who need it to help them exercise safely and with less shortness of breath. Our expert therapists also monitor vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate, during exercise.


Education begins during the initial evaluation and continues through the course of the program.  In addition to discussions during exercise sessions, St. Charles offers weekly scheduled lectures about pulmonary symptoms and related health issues, such as:

  • Pulmonary Disease Process
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Methods for Conserving Energy
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Nutrition
  • Medication


The Wellness Program is offered following completion of a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Professional staff at St. Charles determine eligibility for this supplemental program. Classes in the Wellness Program take place for 1 hour, two times a week for 12 weeks. This includes warm-up and cool-down.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation is available at the following Outpatient Rehabilitation Network Location:


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