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Stephanie Armstrong-Helton

Better Breathers Club at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
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Port Huron, MI…St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of a Better Breathers Club to provide support and assistance to individuals suffering from pulmonary disease. The Better Breathers Club (BBC) at St. Joseph Mercy is sanctioned through the American Lung Association and offers members the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while getting the support of others who share their struggles. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's BBC will provide the tools needed for members to live the highest quality of life.

The BBC will include both monthly support group meetings as well as weekly access to pulmonary rehabilitation. Access to pulmonary rehabilitation services provides members an opportunity to learn to exercise and manage the disease through physical activity, self-care, breathing techniques, energy conservation, and medication usage. The pulmonary rehabilitation service will be available to patients who have obtained proper clearance from their physicians.

BBC pulmonary rehabilitation will be provided each week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 1 to 4 p.m., Jessica Totty, LPN, will serve as the program's group lead. The cost for pulmonary rehabilitation is $8 per session. Although no appointment is necessary to attend any pulmonary rehabilitation session, to take advantage of the program, all members must register in advance.

A FREE BBC Registration Fair will be held Tuesday, March 20 and again on Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the lower-level Rehabilitation Services Department at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2601 Electric Avenue, Port Huron, MI. This special event is designed to help in the registration process which includes completing necessary paperwork and touring the pulmonary rehabilitation area.

The BBC Support Group will meet the fourth Thursday of each month, from 3 to 4 p.m., in the First Floor Conference Room, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. The meetings will feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including how COPD affects the lungs, breathing techniques, exercise, home health care and much more. The Support Group is offered free to the community. The first meeting will take place Thursday, April 26, 2012.

"Individuals suffering from COPD and other pulmonary disease, including lung cancer, often feel alone and isolated," comments Erica Gurley, Registered Respiratory Therapist and BBC program coordinator.  "This program is designed to give participants an opportunity to talk with others who understand and offer services to enhance their lives while impacting their health."

To learn more about the Better Breathers Club, call St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron at 810-985-1470. You can also visit us online at:, or check us out on facebook and twitter. To find a physician near you, call toll-free 1-888-MERCYME (1-888-637-2963).


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