Cardiopulmonary Services

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Welcome to Cardiopulmonary Services at Pocahontas Community Hospital

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation is an out-patient program designed to help cardiac patients and their families recover from the physical and emotional effect of a significant cardiac event such as a heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty (balloon procedure), or other cardiac illness. Phase II begins after hospital discharge. There is monitored exercise sessions and personal goal setting. You will also receive education in heart disease and life style modifications. Sessions are Monday, Wednesday and Friday; up to 36 sessions with patient attending.

Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation is a long-term exercise program monitored by Cardiac Rehab personnel at a minimal charge to patients. This program is designed for patients who have completed Phase II and wish to continue exercising in a monitored environment to maintain and enhance their cardiovascular fitness.

Our program goals are:

  • Improve exercise tolerance and endurance through supervised exercise.
  • Identification of personal coronary risk factors with individualized goal setting and education to deal with heart disease.
  • Assistance in developing a safe and effective home exercise program and recreational life style.
  • Provide the patient and family education and therapies to maximize prevention of future illness and heart injury.


  • Do exercise where your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored so we can see how your heart is tolerating exercise after your heart event.
  • By explaining your disease process and looking at ways to control coronary risk factors, we can help you lead a healthier life style. Increased knowledge of your health and staff support will make participants active partners in their health care.
  • Some of the education topics we will cover are: Anatomy,Symptoms, Medications, Exercise, Stress Management, Diet & Exercise and Smoking Cessation

Insurance Coverage
All or a portion of the Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation program may be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company regarding coverage.


The Cardiopulmonary Department is open Monday through Friday. Our department staffs a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and a Registered Nurse (RN) trained in respiratory care. The RT staff care and treat patients suffering from a number of ailments including asthma, COPD, pneumonia, RSV, emphysema, bronchitis and fibrosis. We also see patients with varying sleep disorders and provide diagnostic testing as well as patient education.

Procedures include:

  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • FENO (Fraction of Expired Nitric Oxide)-allergy/asthma screen
  • Industrial Health including Fit Tests & Spirometry
  • Sleep Studies
  • Home Sleep Tests
  • CPAP download and education
  • Overnight Oximetry
  • 6 Minute Walk Test, oxygen qualification
  • Holter Monitoring 24-48 hours
  • Extended Holter monitoring 3-14 days
  • Cardiac Event Monitoring 21-30 days
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring 24 hours
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Aerosol Therapy-nebulizer treatments
  • Incheck Dial-evaluate, instruct on inhaler use
  • Spacer use with inhalers- education and instruction on use
  • Chest Physiotherapy
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Capnography
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Peak Flows-asthma management
  • Incentive Spirometry
  • BiPAP and ventilator support
  • Patient Education/consultations

If you have further questions regarding testing or treatments, contact us at the number below. We would be happy to speak with you!

Respiratory Therapy, Sleep Lab Department
Direct Line: (712) 335-5200 Extension 2235


There is a path to breathing better available!

Pulmonary rehab is designed to help people with chronic lung diseases manage their pulmonary condition through education, exercise and breathing techniques. The goal is to promote recovery, improve physical function and decrease shortness of breath. By controlling, reducing and/or alleviating the symptoms and complications of pulmonary disease, the patient can achieve an optimal level of independence and physical capabilities.

Admission to this program requires a physician referral and includes the following pulmonary conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • COVID-19 (post covid symptoms/conditions)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Pre/Post Lung Transplant
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis

Our program is individualized and tailored to each patient, based on their specific needs. The program is two days per week which includes monitored exercise and education. Patients are monitored by a Respiratory Therapist and Registered Nurses that will track patients’ progress, guiding and helping them take control of their breathing and, ultimately, their lives.

Educational topics may include but are not limited to: Breathing techniques and exercises, respiratory disease symptom & prevention management, medications, diet and nutrition, smoking cessation, oxygen use, ways to reduce anxiety and depression and energy conservation.

If you have further questions or are interested in participating in the pulmonary rehabilitation program, contact us at the number below. We would be happy to speak with you!

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department
Direct Line: (712) 335-5200 Extension 2235

Cardiac Rehab

Pocahontas Community Hospital Cardiopulmonary department is designed to help individuals improve their quality of life by restoring and maintaining optimal cardiovascular function. The program is designed to assist patients in returning to their usual activities of daily living with modifying their life-styles to lead healthier lives. This is a Medicare approved and hospital based program. Participant in American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (AACVPR)

Your sessions are supervised by cardiac care experienced nurses. We offer Phase II and Phase III programs that are developed to provide for patients at various stages of cardiac recovery.

Direct Line: (712) 335-5229
Kris Plantz, Coordinator