Respiratory care at Mercy Health starts with our respiratory therapists. Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care professionals (RCPs), ensure that our patients can breathe easy. They are state and nationally certified experts skilled in the treatment, management, and care of patients with lung disease. 

RCPs are a vital part of the medical staff team and work closely with nurses and physicians and coordinate with every department of the hospital, managing life support devices, airway management, mechanical ventilation and other aspects of critical care medicine. They also respond to all rapid response calls in the hospital and manage all acuity levels in the ICU.

Our respiratory therapy department specializes in treating respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD, as well as the acute breathing problems associated with traumatic injury, heart attack or stroke.

Respiratory Care Services We Offer

  • Blood gas sampling and analysis
  • Lung function tests, also known as pulmonary function tests (PFTs), to measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer gases in and out of the blood stream.
  • Breathing therapy, like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)  
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation 
  • Sleep studies
Why Choose Mercy Health?
Our certified respiratory care therapists provide individually monitored exercise and education sessions for people with lung disease and breathing difficulties. The goals of the program are to teach participants how to decrease symptoms, improve quality of life, increase exercise tolerance and maintain independence with activities of daily living. Mercy Health is committed to providing quality care with compassion to help you be well.

Common Conditions

Acute respiratory distress syndrome
Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD)
Cystic fibrosis
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis 
Lung cancer 
Occupational lung disease, like pneumoconiosis and asbestosis 
Respiratory failure 
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) 
Muscular dystrophy

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