Cumberland Times-News

Local News

October 9, 2011

Exercise program helping respiratory patients live life

CUMBERLAND — Stacey Blank knows that if she can just get people with a chronic lung disease into the workout room at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center that patients will be amazed at what they can do, rather than focusing on what they can’t do.

“We have had remarkable success working with patients who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, occupational lung disorders and also those who are about to have or who have had lung surgery,” said Blank, a registered respiratory therapist.

Awaiting those patients in the third floor room with a view of the Evitts Creek valley are ergonometers for the arms and legs, a treadmill, a stair climber and free-weight pulleys. A physician referral is required and hospital staff will check with a patient’s insurance company.

“Respiratory patients end up planning their day around the illness,” Blank said. “They might say ‘I can get this one thing done today,’ not realizing that their daily lives can be better.”

The closely supervised workouts strengthen the breathing muscles and keep matters from degenerating, according to Blank.

“It’s all about wellness and quality of life,” said Jamie Karstetter, director of clinical services. “We want the community to know this help is available.”

Blank said the physical activity does wonders for a patient’s attitude.

“Respiratory illness can lead to depression,” she said. “We also pair patients so there is a social experience as well. Sometimes they even choose to compete with one another.”

Karstetter said the rehabilitation room has reduced hospital readmissions for its users. “COPD is one of our higher readmission rates,” he said.

On Nov. 7, the Better Breathing Class will begin at the hospital at 5 p.m. Call Blank at 240-964-3807 to inquire.

Blank helps nine to 12 patients twice a week recover or maintain their pulmonary functions in the 12-week effort.

“People who think they are whipped will come in and see the treadmill and say ‘I can’t do that,’ and then they find out they can do it,” Blank said. “And they find that their lives improve.”

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fourmile Ridge wind project approved, moves forward

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County and site preparation started April 7, according to Frank Maisano, a wind industry spokesman. The current notice listed on the FAA website for the project is for a small change in turbine location.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oakland back to normal after toppled tanker closes business district

    The town of Oakland returned to normal activities Thursday, one day after a tanker full of liquid propane overturned in the heart of the business district.
    Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday the toppled tanker was removed and its 10,000-gallon load transferred to another tanker.

    April 17, 2014

  • Students back Southern Middle School renovation

    Students from both Southern and Northern middle schools presented a list of reasons why Southern Middle needs to be renovated during the Garrett County Commission meeting Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Trial run Trial run

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

    Friday, April 18, has another special meaning for me besides Good Friday.
    April 18, 1942, proved to be a pivotal day for American morale, following the deadly air attack and destruction conceived and executed by Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lara Courrier seeks re-appointment to Mineral school board

    I, Lara Courrier, am seeking re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education to continue the work I’ve done the last four years. Having served as a school counselor at the Burlington Center School and the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center for nearly six years, as well as approximately 20 years total working with children, I have insight into the needs of kids and the importance of the actions of the school board. Having three sons and several nieces and nephews in Mineral County schools, I have an added incentive to continue to work hard to ensure the efficient running of our school system. 

    April 17, 2014

Facebook
Must Read
News related video