The Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department provides outpatient services to patients recovering from heart and lung diseases. Our services include supervised exercise sessions, education, and encouragement in meeting the challenges of having heart or lung diseases. Services are physician-directed and provided by a team of health professionals including registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, pharmacists, psychologists, health educators, respiratory and physical therapists. A physician referral is required for these services.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Myocardial Infarction

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery      
Angioplasty, stent placements, etc.     
Congestive Heart Failure
Cardiac Transplant

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Bronchitis
Pulmonary Fibrosis/Interstitial Lung Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Lung Transplant

Expected Benefits
Based on scientific studies, you may expect these benefits from participating in the program:

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Improvement in exercise tolerance.

Improvement in symptoms.
Improvement in blood lipid levels.
Reduction in cigarette smoking.
Improvement in psychosocial well-being and stress reduction. 
Reduction in mortality.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Improvement in exercise tolerance.

Improvement in symptoms.
Improvement in health-related quality of life.
Reduction of number of hospitalizations and number of days hospitalized.
Potential Improvment in survival

Admission Criteria: Patients with a definitive diagnosis of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease or other cardiac or pulmonary conditions requiring close monitoring of exercise and risk reduction therapy. A physician referral is required prior to enrollment in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Contraindications: Permanent or temporary unstable medical conditions or concurrent disease that may become worsened with exercise participation, but contraindications to exercise do not preclude focusing on risk reduction education. Conditions that may be considered contraindications to exercise include unstable angina, life threatening arrhythmias, uncontrolled hypertension and/or diabetes, symptomatic congestive heart failure, thrombophlebitis, recent embolism, orthopedic problems prohibiting exercise, and severe psychiatric disturbance.

Insurance Reimbursement: Payment for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services depends on individual medical insurance policy. The staff will verify insurance coverage prior to program enrollment. If insurance coverage is not available, patients may participate through self-pay.

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department Faculty and Staff

Program Manager

Chris Schumann, MS, ACSM-RCEP, CEP

Clinical Care Coordinator

Wayne Atkinson, RN, BSN, MS
Nancy Grady, RN, BSN
Theresa Schiller, RN, BSN

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Renita Holmes, MA
Barbara Trull, MA

Exercise Physiologist

Daniel Baugh, BS

Registered Nurse

Joan Anderson, RN, BSN

Admissions Coordinator

Abigayle Hood, BS

Medical Directors

  -Cardiac Rehabilitation

Vera Bittner, MD

  -Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Mark Dransfield, MD

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exercise Gym (M,W,Th)

6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Friday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

UAB Cardio-Pulmonary Contact Information:
Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Spain Rehabilitation Center R480
1717 6th Ave South; Birmingham, AL 35249
(205) 975-5400; FAX (205) 975-5402

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