Pulmonology

Lake Regional Pulmonology delivers comprehensive care in both inpatient and outpatient settings for individuals who have lung disease or respiratory conditions. We are located in the Lake Regional Medical Offices Building, 54 Hospital Drive - Suite 213; Osage Beach, MO. To contact Lake Regional Pulmonology, call 573-302-3199.

Conditions We Treat 

  • Emphysema
  • Tuberculosis
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Pulmonology Services

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) measure how well the lungs are moving air in and out. By assessing lung capacity, volumes and rates of flow, PFTs provide information that helps your physician diagnose certain lung disorders. During the test, specially trained staff will instruct you to breathe in different patterns through multiple tubes while you are seated. If necessary, staff may administer medications to widen your airway. Pulmonary function tests require a physician’s order. They are conducted in the Respiratory Therapy department on the second floor of Lake Regional Hospital. For information, call 573-302-2233. 

Sleep Apnea Testing

Many people with obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, also suffer from sleep disorders. Known as obstructive sleep apnea, these patients tend to have worse sleep quality and more sleep-related difficulties than people with other chronic health problems. A sleep study can measure the extent to which lung disease is disrupting your sleep and determine if Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (CPAP) can benefit you. 

Sleep studies are painless and non-invasive procedures. There are no needles involved; testing includes only sensors and equipment applied to the surface of the skin. Patients spend the night in a private room at Lake Regional’s Sleep Center where their sleep patterns are monitored using state-of-the-art technology. Monitoring devices track brain waves, heart rate, oxygen levels, rapid eye movements and more. Patients may resume normal activities after the study is completed. Studies are scored by a sleep technologist. The results are then analyzed by a sleep disorders physician and forwarded to the patient’s physician for review and discussion of treatment options, as needed. The Lake Regional Sleep Center is located in Suite G on the third floor of Lake Regional Hospital. Click here to learn more about Lake Regional Sleep Medicine, or call 573-302-2715.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Lake Regional offers Phase II Pulmonary Rehab, an individualized exercise program for patients who have lung disease. It is designed to increase strength, endurance and confidence. Exercise sessions are 60 minutes to 90 minutes, two to three days a week depending on the clinic location. Weekly pulmonary education classes focus on breathing techniques, energy conservation, medications and oxygen use.

Pulmonary rehab is offered at Lake Regional Hospital and Lake Regional clinic locations in Laurie and Eldon. A referral from a primary care physician or pulmonologist is required to begin pulmonary rehabilitation.Click here to learn more about Lake Regional Pulmonary Rehab.

Better Breathers Support Group

Individuals who have lung disease don’t have to face it alone. It’s important that patients with lung conditions get the education and support needed and don’t try to tough it out on their own. Lake Regional Health System hosts a Better Breathers support group for individuals with lung disease, such as COPD. This group provides a support system coupled with regular education that can be vital to overall quality of life.

Jennifer Newman, R.N., CEN, cPT, will facilitate the meetings. Guest speakers will provide education content. Meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month February through September. Lunch will be provided during the free session. For more information or to register, call 573-302-2282.