St. Mary Medical Center

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at St. Mary Medical Center offers support and motivation for building healthier lives for patients with heart disease, pulmonary disorders, or those who are recovering from other cardiopulmonary conditions.

This healthy heart/lung program combines exercise with education and counseling to help individuals reduce the risk of heart and lung disease or slow its progression.

Our highly experienced cardiopulmonary nurses and exercise physiologists work with your physician to tailor a plan to meet your needs.

To enroll, ask your doctor. A physician referral is needed. Call Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at 219-947-6085 for assistance, if needed. 

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation:
Helping Patients Live Longer, Better Lives


As the region’s only combined outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, St. Mary Medical Center's Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation brings exercise and education together with counseling and constant monitoring to help individuals improve and maintain a healthier, more productive quality of life.

If you have heart or lung disease, had a heart procedure or are at risk, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation offers support and motivation for building a healthier life.

Benefits of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

With today's advances in medical care and lifestyle modification, patients can live well with heart and lung disease.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation offers support and motivation through a variety of ways. Individuals benefit from experienced cardiac and pulmonary nurses, exercise physiologists, and a physician on-site who will tailor a plan to help individuals reduce the risk of disease or slow its progression.

With a customized program of exercise, education and counseling, patients who participate in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can:

  • Improve physical fitness, heart and lung function
  • Reduce risk of future heart and lung conditions
  • Improve strength, stamina
  • Return to work, normal activities quicker
  • Understand heart and lung disease
  • Achieve better blood pressure control
  • Achieve better weight control
  • Improve self-esteem, confidence
  • Reduce stress
  • Decrease body fat, lower blood pressure

How to Enroll

Your health care team will evaluate your health to make sure you are ready to participate in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. For patients who are hospitalized after a pulmonary incident heart attack or open heart surgery, the program (Phase 1) can begin in the hospital. Phase 2 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is offered on an outpatient basis for 4 to12 weeks, depending on individual needs. To help patients sustain the benefits of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation throughout their life, we also offer options to continue participation in a supervised exercise program known as Phase 3.

Most healthcare insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid, will cover the cost of Phase 1 & 2 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. While the extended Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Phase 3 option may not be covered by insurance, the cost is relatively inexpensive so patients may benefit from the life-long support of a medically-supervised exercise program.