Valley Pulmonary Medical Associates and Chicopee Gardens Launch Pulmonary Rehab Program

Program to help sub-acute patients in Chicopee and the Greater Springfield area with respiratory ailments to breathe and function at highest level possible.

CHICOPEE, Mass., Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicopee Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation recently announced the launch of a new physician-led Pulmonary Program to treat patients with COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, and Trach Care.

In partnership with Valley Pulmonary Medical Associates, the program is designed to improve patient outcomes and quality of life, while decreasing the number of patients returning to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. Some key elements of the program include:

  • Oversight by Valley Pulmonary Medical Associates physicians
  • On-site Respiratory Therapist
  • Education for nurses
  • Specialty equipment
  • Trach care management/suctioning of trach patients
  • Education for patients on medication and disease management

Tom Rackliffe, Nursing Home Administrator at Chicopee Gardens and a licensed Respiratory Therapist stated, "Our pulmonary program is a game-changer," adding, "COPD and other respiratory disease sufferers unfortunately have high rates of acute exacerbations at home and rehospitalizations due to poor disease management of the disease and lack of education. We're providing a much needed service to an expanding community of patients that – until now – have had limited treatment options."

Patient benefits:

  • Perform everyday tasks with less shortness of breath
  • Stay healthier and avoid exacerbations
  • Learn to manage disease, decrease symptoms, and maintain healthy behaviors
  • Increase ability to exercise
  • Better management of anxiety and depression
  • Decrease length of stay in the nursing home

To learn more about Chicopee Gardens, visit them online at For media inquiries, please reach out to Jeff Deutsch at:

About Chicopee Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation is a 68-Bed facility conveniently located near Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Clinical Capabilities include Short-Term Rehabilitation, Long-Term Care, Respite Care, Wound Care, and Pulmonary Care.

About Valley Pulmonary Medical Associates

Valley Pulmonary has been serving patients with dignity, care and respect since 1977. Our physicians are affiliated with Mercy Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center and are dedicated to meeting the health needs of Springfield, MA and its surrounding communities. We specialize in Pulmonary Medicine, Primary Care, Pulmonary Testing, Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine. Valley Pulmonary welcomes new patients and accepts most major health insurances.

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