What is pulmonary rehabilitation? 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a supervised medical program incorporating education and exercise to help patients suffering from long-term lung diseases live and breathe better. You may need pulmonary rehabilitation if you have a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  

During the program, you will learn different exercises and breathing techniques to help strengthen and regain control over your respiratory system. You will also have access to nutritional and psychological counseling.   

Pulmonary rehab is designed to help patients cope with being short of breath and feel stronger at the same time. Registered nurses and respiratory therapists under the supervision of a physician will help you improve your overall lung function and well-being.  

How pulmonary rehab helps patients: 

  • Less difficulty breathing 
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance 
  • Improve ability to do daily activities 
  • Learn how to use medication appropriately 
  • Improve quality of life 
  • Reduce hospitalization 
  • Improve depression 


Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  

  • Appointments available 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 

  • 2 sessions per week (6-week program) 

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus, Towanda, Pa.  

  • Appointments available 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Monday through Friday) 

  • 2-3 sessions per week (6-week program) 


Ask your provider for a referral or contact by calling 570-887-4514 or email PulmRehabRPH@guthrie.org.