Appling Healthcare’s Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program establishes attainable goals for your treatment and rehabilitation.

Located in our main hospital building in Baxley, our program will help you improve your breathing and overall health. Your custom-designed program will include a multifaceted approach to combat the progression of your lung disease. Our unique treatment methods will increase your exercise capacity, reduce your shortness of breath, and help you lead a more active life.

We customize a Plan of Care just for you! 

After our team’s initial assessment and diagnostic testing, we will design a personal Plan Of Care for your rehabilitative treatment. The program is limited in the number of patients that can attend each session so we can ensure that you have your own individual therapist.

Respiratory Therapist Lessie Caroline Lady

Our therapists will guide you through every step of the way with the goal of increasing your independence and improving your health and wellbeing. You will be trained in therapeutic exercises that you can use in the clinic and at home in your daily activities.

Typically, you will be scheduled for three appointments a week for 2-3 hours each, for 12 weeks. Your treatment will be evaluated monthly and modified based on your response to the therapies. Attending every scheduled session is important to your success!

The therapists don’t just help you learn to live with your condition, they actively work to promote your recovery while closely monitoring your progress.

A Pathway for Better Breathing

The benefits from participating in the Respiratory Care & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program include:

  • Decreased mortality
  • Reduced shortness of breath
  • Increased exercise capacity
  • Improved pulmonary function status 
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Increased independence
  • Reduced exacerbations and hospitalizations

After completing the program, people are frequently amazed at how much their breathing and exercise capacity have improved.


The SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19) is a health crises with long-lasting consequences. To date more than 100 million people have recovered from COVID-19 infections, but many will have long term respiratory complications. There is a growing population of COVID-19 patients with prolonged post-acute symptoms, a syndrome described as “long COVID” that presents with a variety of chronic health issues that include impaired lung function, reduced exercise capacity and diminished quality of life.

Frequently patients continue to have shortness of breath and fatigue months after their initial diagnosis of COVID-19. We can provide the essential diagnostic testing to monitor your lung function. The respiratory care and pulmonary rehabilitation program can accelerate the recovery of exercise capacity and improvement of pulmonary functions following COVID-19 infections in many patients.*

Get Started

Medicare and most private insurance companies cover respiratory care and pulmonary rehabilitation services.

Call today for more details about Appling Healthcare’s Respiratory Care & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program! Call 912-367-9841, ext. 1283 / Fax 912-705-4922.


The Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in patients with COVID-19, Zhen-feng, He, et. Al. European Respiratory Journal 2021; 7: 0021202021 Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in COVID-19. Rainer Gloecki, et.al.
European Respiratory Journal, 2021; 7: 00108-2021