December 27, 2023

Meridian’s Successful Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services at William Newton Memorial Hospital

Author: Jessica Fox

Ryan Smith, Meridian program graduate, August 2023
Discover the incredible success story of Meridian’s Pulmonary Rehab program at William Newton Memorial Hospital. See how they’ve revolutionized the field with their cutting-edge techniques and exceptional patient care.

Lincare’s affiliate Meridian recently opened their pulmonary rehabilitation services at William Newton Memorial Hospital in March 2023, and it is already making an impact on patients with chronic lung diseases. The program is led by a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals and currently serves 20 active patients of William Newton Memorial Hospital. Patients like Ryan Smith have given commendable reviews of the program's success.

In March, Ryan was on a waiting list for a lung transplant. One of the requirements on the transplant list was the completion of a pulmonary rehab program. As the first patient to enter, Ryan started the William Newton Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitations program alongside respiratory therapist Michelle Jones, RRT. Through Ryan’s dedication to the pulmonary rehabilitation program, his lung transplant has now been postponed for the foreseeable future. Ryan graduated from the Meridian program in August 2023 and is looking forward to spending more active time with his wife and 8 children.

Meridian’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at William Newton Memorial Hospital, continues to receive recognition for their outstanding patient outcomes. Their commitment to excellence and compassionate care empowers individuals with pulmonary conditions to lead fulfilling lives. Michelle states, "Anyone with shortness of breath, this program can benefit them. If you think you can't, you definitely can. We start out slow, and we work at your level and make tiny improvements each and every day. It's a marathon. It's not a sprint. It takes time and consistency every day, making little improvements to help achieve goals of being able to breathe easier."

Meridian’s Pulmonary Rehab services utilize state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based protocols to deliver the best care possible to their patients. The program includes a comprehensive range of therapies, including pulmonary exercise, nutritional counseling, psychological support, and education on disease management. This approach ensures that patients receive the highest level of care tailored to their specific needs.

William Newton Memorial Hospital, renowned for its commitment to excellence and patient-centered care, is proud to be associated with the success of Meridian’s services. Together, we strive to set new benchmarks for the quality and innovation of respiratory care.

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