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Lung and Respiratory Care

Lung and respiratory care at Memorial Health includes inpatient and outpatient respiratory services to diagnose and treat a wide range of pulmonary disorders including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, cancer and more. Other respiratory services include smoking cessation classes and education. 

Lung Cancer Screening

An annual low-dose CT scan screens eligible patients for lung cancer. This screening is available at Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) and requires a physician’s referral. It is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.

Eligible Patients

  • Ages 55-77 years old and in fairly good health
  • Smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or more
  • Currently smoke
  • Have quit smoking within past 15 years. No symptoms of lung cancer (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • Able and willing to tolerate treatment if lung cancer is discovered.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Memorial Health’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs include Phase I and Phase II exercise and education.

Certifications

  • Springfield Memorial Hospital is the first Illinois hospital to receive certification from the Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification Program for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS). This surgery is for patients with severe emphysema and is performed in conjunction with SIU School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • American College of Radiology certified DMH as a top quality provider of safe, effective diagnostic imaging for individuals at high risk for lung cancer.
  • Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).