Patient Achieves 1,000 Visits to Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center

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August 21, 2014

Nancy Kreutzer (left) has supported her husband Jerry throughout his 1,000 visits to Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Nancy Kreutzer (left) has supported her husband Jerry throughout his 1,000 visits to Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 

Jerry Kreutzer of North Tonawanda had reason to celebrate this August. The 77-year-old recently achieved reached 1,000 visits to Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, a significant milestone for an emphysema patient. He is only the fourth patient in the center’s history to achieve that many visits, indicative of Jerry’s dedication to his rehabilitation program.

Patients with chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema, are often referred to pulmonary rehabilitation by their physicians to help in the management of their condition. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides structured exercise and education to help patients increase stamina and manage their lung disease. It has also become a place where patients can talk to each other, sharing ideas and experiences - the unofficial information that is so valuable in day-to-day living.

Jerry was referred to the program by Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s James Fitzpatrick, MD, pulmonologist, eleven years ago.  He noticed an improvement in his symptoms after attending the 8-week program and has continued a maintenance program since. He completes a one-hour workout two days a week using a variety of exercise machines: treadmill, step machine, recumbent bike, weights, exercise bands, leg press and arm crank. Between exercises, he records his activities and measures his oxygen saturation and pulse.

His commitment to the program has far exceeded doctor’s orders—and he has no plans to stop now. “Pulmonary rehabilitation works,” Jerry said. He also attributes his success to the professional and motivational staff at the center. An active person, he’s happy to be able to enjoy golf again too.

"Jerry's success is a direct result of his commitment and hard work. He knows that in order to maintain his respiratory health, Pulmonary Rehab must be part of his regular routine,” said Karen Hamp, RN, at Kenmore Mercy’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. 

The pulmonary rehabilitation staff and patients celebrated Jerry’s 1,000th visit on August 18th with cake.

For additional information about the program, call (716) 447-6482.