Published on February 25, 2022

Cardiopulmonary Staff

Cardiopulmonary Rehab moves to Morganton and the top floor

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UNC Health Blue Ridge recently opened its new Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation facility in Morganton. The department moved from Valdese to the sixth floor of the Medical Office Building on the UNC Health Blue Ridge Morganton campus.

“This is a major upgrade for us,” said Shea Rostan, M.S., RCEP, Director of Phifer Wellness Center and Cardiopulmonary Rehab. “We feel like we are in the penthouse with a wall of windows giving us a gorgeous view. Patients have enjoyed being able to look outside.”

The department went from a 900-square-foot room to 3500 square feet. The new area features a walking track, a strength-training area, treadmills, and recumbent bikes. A fun and games area has an oversized Jenga set, Connect Four, and a toss and cross tic tac toe. “Patients can laugh together and socialize in the games area,” Rostan said. “We try to do this once a week.”

Cardiopulmonary floorCardiac rehabilitation helps improve cardiovascular health if you have a heart condition and if you’ve experienced a cardiac event, such as a heart attack. The program provides strategies to make lifestyle changes and decrease your risk for future heart events.

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you meet the challenges associated with chronic lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and others.

Patients attend three times per week and during that time are supervised and directed by an exercise specialist and a registered nurse.

The program’s medical directors, cardiologist Dr. Steven Isserman and pulmonologist Dr. David Clark, have practices in the building and can pop in to see their patients’ progress.

“We have heard so much positivity from patients about the new facility,” Rostan said. “Also, us being on the Morganton campus has helped our program.”

The planning phase for the new department started in August of 2021, and they moved into the new space on Jan. 14. “We are really, really excited about it,” Rostan said. “I think the patients are going to love it.”

UNC Health Blue Ridge Cardiopulmonary is located at 2209 S. Sterling St., Suite 602. For more information, please call (828) 580-7528.