Pulmonary Program


Pulmonary Program at Gaylord Hospital

Inpatient Pulmonary Care
Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Ventilator Weaning Program
Pulmonary Resources


 NEW! Gaylord's Pulmonary Education Manual

Helping you make the most of every breath

The average person hardly gives a thought to the act of breathing. It’s essential to survival, of course, but often taken for granted – unless your ability to breathe is compromised by injury or disease. Under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of specialists, our Pulmonary Program – including Inpatient Pulmonary Care, Ventilator Weaning and Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation – offers a comprehensive range of proven, leading-edge treatments and technologies. Developed in affiliation with the Yale University School of Medicine, our program provides you with the individualized pulmonary care you need to enjoy life as fully as possible. (Download our Pulmonary Rehabilitation brochure)

   3-D respiration animation
  Pigs' lungs being ventilated

Who we care for

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a long-term acute-care hospital. That means we’re equipped to admit pulmonary patients directly from a hospital Intensive Care Unit, or a Medical/Surgical Unit who are well enough to leave an acute care setting, but still require ongoing medical or nursing care. On average, our patients spend about 25 days in our Inpatient Pulmonary Program and typically continue their care in our Outpatient Program. So who qualifies for pulmonary care at Gaylord? Typically, our patients …

  • Have Respiratory complications resulting from neurological disorders including muscular dystrophy , and post-polio syndrome
  • Experience respiratory complications from morbid obesity
  • Are currently on a mechanical ventilator and are a candidate for ventilator weaning
  • Have respiratory complications resulting from a spinal cord injury
  • Experience shortness of breath that interferes with their daily activities and self-care
  • Make frequent ER visits or are hospitalized often with pulmonary problems
  • Have received a difficult-to-manage diagnosis from their doctor, e.g. COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, restrictive lung disease, and other conditions

Our services

  • Ventilator management and weaning
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Oxygen management (including high flow modalities and pulse oximetry)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and education
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Passy-Muir valve (Gaylord is a Center of Excellence for the Passy-Muir valve.)
  • Vapotherm Center of Excellence
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Exercise tolerance studies
  • Sleep testing  
Pulmonary and Ventilator Program and Outcomes pdf

Your care team

As a patient in Gaylord’s Pulmonary Program you will enjoy the benefits of having a comprehensive team of specialists working on your behalf. Whether you need Inpatient Pulmonary Care, Ventilator Weaning or Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation, a multi-disciplinary team – including pulmonologists; hospitalists; respiratory therapists; clinical nurse specialists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; nutritionists; psychologists; therapeutic recreation specialists; and care managers – is available to ensure that every aspect of your care is addressed. Experience has taught us that each patient is different. That’s why we use a personalized approach to planning and delivering the exact care each patient needs to successfully manage his or her condition.


For Inpatient Admissions: (203) 284-2810

For Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab: (203) 741-3351

For Program Information: (203) 679-3539

Download our Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation brochure (click link)


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