C.O.L.A. Accredited 2009
A Cardiopulmonary Therapist is an onsite representative for Lakeland Community Hospital Watervliet and outpatient services. All therapists are required to have a good understanding of cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology as well as normal responses to exercise. Therapists should also be able do describe the different physiological characteristics of the major cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
Respiratory Therapy is one of the many responsibilities of the Cardio-Pulmonary Department at Lakeland Community Hospital Watervliet. Respiratory therapists (RRTs & CRT's) specialize in the assessment and treatment of respiratory and cardiovascular pathologies. These include chronic lung problems (e.g., asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD), and more acute multi-systemic problems stemming from other pathological conditions such as heart attacks, stroke, or trauma as well as complications at birth. Respiratory Therapists work with a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists for their patients recovery. Respiratory Therapists are required to complete a minimum of a two-year associate degree program. There are also four- and five-year degree programs. Cardio-Pulmonary Therapists must be highly qualified. They are licensed by the State of Michigan as well as hold national credentialing through The National Board of Respiratory Care.