Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Samaritan Healthcare’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides comprehensive rehabilitative care for patients with chronic lung diseases. Pulmonary rehab is based on thorough patient assessments followed by patient-tailored therapies—including exercise training, education, and behavioral changes—designed to improve patients’ physical and psychological health.

In addition to improving overall pulmonary health, other benefits of pulmonary rehab include:  

  • Lessen breathing difficulties
  • Understand how to use medication and oxygen appropriately
  • Decreased symptoms of lung disease or condition
  • Improved ability to function better in daily activities
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Decreased symptoms and improved management of anxiety and depression
  • Reduced hospitalizations

What happens in Pulmonary Rehab?

Following a referral from your primary care physician or provider, our Exercise Physiologists will schedule an initial assessment. At this appointment, you will complete a six-minute walk test and a series of surveys to provide insight into your physical and psychological condition and the severity of your lung disease.

After the assessment, the Exercise Physiologists will develop your individualized treatment plan. You may attend up to 36 supervised exercise sessions at a minimum of two or three times per week. These sessions include aerobic exercise classes and education about specific lung diseases and conditions. During exercise sessions you will be provided with oxygen and have continuous oxygen saturation monitoring to ensure your safety.

Follow-up assessments are done frequently throughout the program to ensure that each patient’s individualized treatment plan is effective. An exercise physiologist will also complete a final assessment to assess the improvements in your overall exercise tolerance and your pulmonary health.


To learn more, talk to your primary care provider or call the Pulmonary Rehab team at (509) 793-9659.

Meet the Team.


Jennifer Avery

Jennifer is an Exercise Physiologist for both Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab. She received her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology from Western Washington University. Jennifer played a vital role in bringing Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab to the Moses Lake area and is always exploring ways in which she can continue to develop the program. She is passionate for both her patients and for heart and lung health in our community. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and son and going on long, weekend drives to explore the best of Eastern Washington.  

Melissa Vaughn

Melissa is an Exercise Specialist for both Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Washington State University, as well as a second bachelor’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Nutrition from Northwest Nazarene University. She chose Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab as her career path because of her passion to teach lifestyles changes using nutrition and exercise. She believes an Exercise Specialist should demonstrate the values that are taught in rehab and therefore enjoys everything outdoors, as well as working out at the gym.


Samaritan Health Care Pulmonary Rehabilitation services adheres to the guidelines set forth by AACVPR




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