New Transitional Respiratory Care Program at MHC

McKinley Health Center, WRC’s skilled nursing and rehabilitative community in Brookville, launched a new Transitional Respiratory Care Program in November to help individuals with respiratory conditions.

“We are so excited about this brand new program and have spent the past year bringing this dream to a reality,” said Director Alison Mills Monrean. “This is the first of its kind in our area, and we look forward to serving the residents in our community and surrounding areas who have respiratory needs.”

The respiratory care program is designed to aid individuals to return to a full and active lifestyle following a hospital stay due to respiratory complications.

An experienced team of medical specialists, nurses, a dietitian, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, speech language pathologist and social worker lead the program and collaborate to create a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each patient.

An on-site respiratory therapist will be available seven days a week.

“This program will enable people to stay close to home, instead of traveling to the city, and will give them peace of mind with the respiratory therapists, a board certified pulmonologist and a nurse practitioner on staff to manage their needs,” said Monrean.

The program will treat conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic respiratory failure, congestive heart failure, new tracheostomies, post ventilators and pneumonia.

For patients with trachs, the program will be dedicated to the weaning process, the goal being to ultimately remove the artificial airway and return to the normal act of breathing and eating.

For those with COPD, the program will focus on providing the patient and their family with the education and training necessary to ensure a safe return to home with the highest level of independence.

Signs that an individual might benefit from the program include shortness of breath, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, re-occurring bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis, muscle weakness, repeated hospitalizations, difficulty showering and dressing and a lack of energy.

“Effective breathing is essential for healing with all diagnosis,” said Senior Director of Acute Care Services Marge Clark, RN. “Each patient will have a special plan of care developed for their unique needs. We take a holistic integrated approach with the goal to prevent decline, avoid hospital readmissions and ultimately return the patient to home.”

Patients who are interested in the new Transitional Respiratory Care program at McKinley Health Center should talk their doctor. They can also contact the Admissions Department at McKinley Health Center at 814-849-3615 or [email protected].

McKinley Health Center is located on the Laurelbrooke Landing campus at 133 Laurelbrooke Drive in Brookville.

The community also offers short-stay rehab for patients recovering from surgery or illness who plan to return home, comprehensive care for residents with long-term needs and memory support care.

WRC Senior Services is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing care for seniors in the area for over 125 years. For more information, visit online at

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