Pulmonary Talk Video

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that requires a lifetime of disease management. COPD cannot be cured but it can be treated effectively. HSC offers a comprehensive program for those living with moderate to very severe COPD as diagnosed by spirometry.

The COPD Disease Management Program will help patients with MODERATE to VERY SEVERE COPD maintain a stable state of health and improve outcomes by providing exceptional direct patient care as guided by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) standards. Patients must have an FEV1/FVC ratio <70% and:
Moderate COPD: FEV1 < 80% of predicted, or
Severe COPD: FEV1 < 50%, ≥ 30% of predicted, or
Very Severe COPD: FEV1 < 30% of predicted

Unfortunately, many patients with COPD are frequently admitted to emergency rooms and acute care hospitals. Those with very severe disease have 47% chance of having more than 2 admissions each year. These recurrences can increase the acceleration of the disease.

Patients who are enrolled will have access to COPD Disease Educators who can promptly address questions or concerns. Each patient is monitored and followed up with face to face visits, phone calls and testing according to the current status of their disease and the impact on daily life. Identifying co-morbidities, mitigating risks for relapse, improving medication adherence, and addressing self-management will maximize patient outcomes.

By enrolling in this program patients are committing to partnering with the HSC COPD Disease Management Team to fully understand their disease, eliminate unhealthy behaviors, and learn how to best manage COPD in everyday life.

•  Lifetime of Disease Management: Care is adjusted as the patient’s clinical status changes.

•  Outpatient Care and Risk Mitigation: Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation, smoking cessation, proper titration of oxygen, nutritional counseling, medication adherence, risk reduction and ongoing education and support is coordinated in communication with the community physician and home care agency for each patient.

•  In-patient Care and Symptom Management: Patients who require acute hospitalization for symptom care (IV therapy and around the clock nursing care) may be directly admitted from a hospital emergency room, or physician office for: COPD treatment by GOLD standards, relapse prevention, and focused education.

•  Additional HSC resources for patients:

  • POWR (Pulmonary Outpatient Weight Reduction) and nutritional support
  • PEP Pulmonary Exercise Maintenance
  • Breathtakers Monthly Support Group
  • CT Alpha-1Antitrypsin Support Group


Admissions to this program are coordinated by a Respiratory Disease Manager.

We can help! To learn more contact Elyse Carroll, BS, RRT, AE-C, Respiratory Disease Manager, at 860.832.6256, or ecarroll@hfsc.org. Fax: 860.832.6286


HSC achieves excellent results with our other pulmonary care programs.

Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • 100% patient and referring MD satisfaction
  • 77% patients decreased fatigue
  • 74% reduced their shortness of breath
  • 89% patients improved walking distance after our rehabilitation program

Smoking Cessation

  • 77% and 67% smoke free at 3 and 6 months respectively