Pulmonary Services

Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the areas that offers specialized pulmonary care. Our approach to pulmonary care is unique, we offer:

• Education
• Diagnosis
• Treatment
• Rehabilitation
• Support
• Nutritional support and guidance to help support proper lung health
• Ways to improve/maximize your personal exercise routine

Pulmonary tests are conducted in the Heart and Lung Center. To learn more about the Heart and Lung Center, please click here>>

Regardless of the pulmonary issues that you might be facing, we build a program that is specific to your needs. We aim to do more than just cure you, we want you to help you make the appropriate lifestyle changes. Under the care of the Swedish Covenant team, we are able to gage your fitness level and work with you on how we can meet your needs.

We provide several services:
• Pulmonary stress tests
• Pulmonary rehab
• Pulmonary function testing (PFT)
• Metabolic testing
• Coaching/training on how to properly use inhalers 

We put you at ease and gather information about your medical, work and fitness history. Our approach is time notch, we provide American Thoracic Standards. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital has access to the latest and greatest in technology. We now offer the body box, which has become a standard of care. The body box measures total lung volumes—it measures airway resistance and thoracic gas volume. A total of six tests are conducted. The test typically takes 30-45 seconds. Once completed, a graphic representation of your breathing pattern is provided and you and your physician can work on the care plan that is appropriate for you.   

Swedish Covenant Hospital's outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program combines monitored exercise, education and breathing retraining into a comprehensive program centered at the Galter LifeCenter, Chicago's premier medically based fitness center. Galter LifeCenter is located on the same campus as Swedish Covenant Hospital.

For people suffering from lung disease, life becomes increasingly difficult due to fatigue and shortness of breath. Pulmonary rehabilitation can increase your strength, endurance, functioning and independence, as well as dramatically improve your quality of life.

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, the pulmonary rehabilitation team will work with you to get you back on the path to good health. The staff includes exercise physiologists, nurses, a dietitian and a health psychologist if needed. The team will create a comprehensive plan, customized just for you, uncluding:
• Education
• Exercise
• Breathing retraining

Pulmonary rehabilitation participants enjoy the convenience, ease, comfort and state-of-the-art facilities of the Galter LifeCenter, as well as easy access to related services, private consultation rooms and the most up-to-date exercise equipment in a light-filled, healing environment.

For more information, please contact the pulmonary rehabilitation program at (773) 878-8200, Ext. 7321.


Medical Fitness Difference

The Galter LifeCenter (GLC) is Illinois' first and only certified medical fitness center. GLC is Chicago’s premier medical fitness center and a proud member of the Medical Fitness Association. Services go far beyond those of a traditional fitness center by focusing on medical fitness and partnering with medical professionals at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The professional staff, clean and safe environment, health risk screening procedures and clinical integration set the GLC apart.

Galter LifeCenter features two swimming pools, four class studios and more than 60 machines. 

Each staff member at Galter LifeCenter is CPR/AED certified, and holds multiple degrees, licenses and certifications in his or her area of work.

The physician advisory board, comprised of professionals from Galter LifeCenter and Swedish Covenant Hospital, meet quarterly to ensure they are up-to-date with new trends, events, treatments and procedures in the medical and exercise field.

Call 773-878-6888 to schedule your respiratory test today. 

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