The CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Department provides outpatient services to patients recovering from heart and lung diseases. Patient services include supervised exercise sessions, education, and encouragement in meeting the challenges of having heart or lung diseases. A physician referral is required. 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.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Myocardial Infarction
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Angioplasty, stent placements, etc.
Congestive Heart Failure
Cardiac Transplant
Other Cardiac Surgery

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Bronchitis
Pulmonary Fibrosis/interstitial lung disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Lung Surgery; Lung Transplant

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

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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

Improvement in exercise tolerance.
Improvement in symptoms.
Improvement in health-related quality of life.
Reduction of number of hospitalizations and number of days hospitalized.
May improve 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.

CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Department

Program Manager

Chris Schumann, MA, CES, RCEP

Clinical Care Coordinator

Jenny Breland, BSN, RN

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Jon Londeen, BS

Nurse Clinician

Jason Hitchcock, BSN, RN

Clinical Support Specialist

Penelope Edge

Medical Directors

    Cardiac Rehabilitation

Vera Bittner, MD

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation

James Johnson, MD

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Friday

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

Contact Information:
CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation
Spain Rehabilitation Center R480
1717 6th Ave South; Birmingham, Al 35249
(205) 975-5400; FAX (205) 975-5402

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