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Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Emory Decatur Hospital located?

We are located in The Wellness Center on the ground floor of the 2665 Professional B at Emory Decatur Hospital. Click here for specific driving, parking and walking directions to our facility.

How does a patient get into these programs?

A physician must refer patients to the cardiac and pulmonary programs. To refer to these programs, call 404.501.7155 or fax the referral form to 404.501.7689. Call us or fax patient’s name, diagnosis, home phone number and which program you want them in. We will then contact the patient to discuss our program, set up an orientation appointment and give them directions to our facility.

What kinds of patients benefit?

The following diagnoses are appropriate for cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation:

  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Stable Angina
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other lung disorders.
  • Heart Failure
  • Angioplasty/Stent

We can also help patients with coronary artery disease, hypertension, pulmonary restrictive diseases and cardiomyopathy.

What do the programs cost?

Medicare will cover several diagnoses. Currently, they will cover 80% of the cost of cardiac rehab for a patient with MI (within a year), CABG, stable angina, angioplasty, stent and transplant. Most insurance will cover 70% to 100% of the cost of cardiac or pulmonary rehab if the physician deems it medically necessary.

What do I wear to my sessions?

Wear comfortable, loose fitting sports attire such as shorts or jog pants, athletic shoes and a t-shirt or polo shirt.

What are your hours of operation?

When you are new to rehab, we will arrange with you a time for you to come in to be evaluated and to get your initial program set up. After that, you may work out during the operating hours of The Wellness Center, which are:

Monday - Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How long does a session last?

Depending on what your doctor has requested for your particular situation, exercise sessions may last 30 minutes up to an hour at a time. Please allow plenty of time during your visits before and after exercising for changing clothes, applying and removing monitors, blood pressure checks, bathroom breaks, etc.

Is there free parking?

Yes. The Wellness Center stamps your parking ticket from the two surface lots and the parking deck. Also, there are ten parking spaces reserved just for rehab patients in the lower surface lot. Read More information about driving, parking and walking directions.

How soon may I start coming to rehab?

Your doctor will advise how soon you may start coming to rehab. Once we have your doctor’s instructions and insurance information, we will contact you to set up your first appointment.

What does DeKalb Medical offer pulmonary patients in addition to rehab?

Heart and Vascular Services and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

For more information, contact Mike Sisson M.Ed., Exercise Physiologist and program coordinator, at 404.501.7158, or Fax 404.501.7689, or email mike.sisson@dekalbmedical.org.