Louisville, KY – The expansion of UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute’s Pulmonary Rehab Program is crucial to the wellbeing of thousands and serves as another example of our commitment to serve patients across Kentuckiana and beyond. The newly expanded and renovated facility features more pulmonary and cardio exercise equipment to optimize the quality of care.
“Frazier Pulmonary Rehab has provided high-quality care for the pulmonary patient for over 30 years,” said Cathy Spalding, CEO of UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute. “We now have a beautiful spacious outpatient gym which allows our patients to get stronger and helps our staff guide them in the best way to deal with their lung impairments.”
Nearly 30 million people suffer from chronic lung ailments resulting in weakness, shortness of breath and exhaustion that severely limit their ability to lead full lives. Frazier Rehab has historically had a large volume of patients with primary or secondary pulmonary diagnoses within both inpatient and outpatient settings. This gym expansion will benefit more than 4,000 patients across the system every year and would not be possible without generous support from the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana.
“Contributing to this expansion was a no brainer,” said Leslie Smart, President of the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana.. “Over the past six decades, Frazier Rehab Institute has built its reputation as the regional leader in comprehensive acute rehab, and today marks an important milestone in that work.”
The expansion of the Pulmonary Rehab Program has been especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Frazier Rehab has experienced a growing wait list for patients seeking these services. This allows Frazier Rehab to assist pulmonary patients in multiple settings and address the increasing number of patients.
“This gym expansion will allow us to not only better serve pulmonary patients, including those recovering from COVID, but it is also a testament to the power of multidisciplinary, academic care, where numerous specialists can come together to help patients live fuller lives,” said Tom Miller, CEO of UofL Health. “The support and generosity from the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana allows us to do much needed facility and equipment upgrades so that quality, state-of-the-art care is accessible to everyone in our community.”
Pulmonary Rehab can be instrumental in helping patients with chronic lung disease improve their quality of life while building strength. Pulmonary Rehab is also vital to patients whose lung function has declined to a point that they need a lung transplant.