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Respiratory Therapy

Breathe better with the help of expert respiratory therapists at NMC Health. Whether you're in the hospital or not, our team can help!

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Breathe better with NMC Health

You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you’re in great hands with the NMC Health Respiratory Therapy team. Our respiratory therapists make it their duty to get you breathing better.


What do respiratory therapists do?

Respiratory therapy focuses on the cardiopulmonary system and how the lungs work. Our respiratory therapists provide:

  • Ventilation support
  • Assistance in labor and delivery
  • Medicine for your lungs
  • Assistance with CPR
  • Breathing tube maintenance
  • Breathing treatments
  • Education to those with lung disorders
  • Resources for those with lung and breathing issues

NMC Health respiratory therapists visit patients at the hospital who need a little help breathing and monitoring their oxygen levels.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Medical Center Emergency Department.

What we treat

If you have breathing issues or a lung condition, respiratory therapy can help you improve your quality of life. Here are some of the conditions we treat:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • COVID-19 (inpatient care)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Lung infections
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

The Better Breathers Club

If you, or someone you know, is living with a chronic lung disease like COPD, (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer, consider joining us at this quarterly support group.

The Better Breathers Club is

  • Led by an American Lung Association trained facilitator
  • A way to learn better ways to cope with your diagnosis and live life to the fullest with chronic lung disease
  • A free and regularly scheduled educational program
  • A fun and enriching way to connect with others
Join us at our next Better Breathers Club event!

Ready to start breathing easier and learn better ways to manage your COPD or other chronic lung disease? Call Darin Schmidt, NMC Health Respiratory Therapist, at 316.804.6071 or sign up below:


Respiratory therapy can improve your quality of life by helping you breathe better. Our expert staff will help you manage your symptoms, control your condition and help boost your energy. When you breathe better, you’ll be able to do more physical activity. Getting treatment will help your lung function and could help with any anxiety you have related to your condition.

Yes. A doctor must refer you to the outpatient respiratory therapy program. You can talk to your primary care doctor about your condition and they will let you know if could benefit you.

Yes. Respiratory care is usually covered by Medicare and private insurance. Check with your provider to see if your plan is covered. You can also look at our insurance plans list to see if your insurance is accepted by NMC Health.

If you need respiratory therapy during your stay at NMC Health Medical Center, our highly trained therapists will speak with you about your medical history and condition. They will look at your:

  • Lung function
  • Oxygen levels
  • Exercise tolerance
  • Heart rate


Talk to your respiratory therapist if you have any questions about your care.

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