The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) has formed a new partnership to grow services. The hospital is working with the Lanark Renfrew Lung Health Program to provide a new cardiopulmonary rehab program.

People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart disease will benefit from the program. There are three elements: exercise, education and support. Nursing, respiratory and physiotherapy services will be provided to patients.

The pulmonary (lung) component began in September and the cardio (heart) will start in January.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is also supporting the program by coordinating the exercise component. Participants will attend sessions at KDH twice a week for eight weeks.  

Vice President of Nursing/Clinical Services Cathy Burke says 20 percent of people in Ontario suffer from COPD and North Grenville is no different.

The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) provides community based funding and support for COPD programs and services.

KDH CEO Frank Vassallo says the hospital is grateful to the Perry family of Kemptville for their generous support of the program in memory of Bob Perry.

To join the program, call Christina Dolgowicz at 613-259-2182.