Lung Disease Support

Better Breathers Clubs offer the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with COPD while getting the support of others who share in your struggles. These support groups provide the tools you need to live the best quality of life you can.

Better Breathers Clubs meet regularly and feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including how COPD affects the lungs, breathing techniques, exercise, home health care and more. 

If you feel alone and isolated, these support groups can help. It feels good to talk with others who understand, which has a positive impact on your health.  Below is a listing of pulminary support groups in Illinois.

Pulmonary rehab sessions usually last 6-8 week. During these sessions you will learn to exercise and manage your disease through physical activity, self-care, breathing techniques, energy conservation, and medication usage. Pulmonary rehab needs to be recommend by your doctor; be sure to ask your doctor during your next visit to attend pulmonary rehab.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Information

Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital
Marcia Gerdes, RRT
300 W 5th, Miller, SD

Avera St Lukes Hospital
Brenda Hanson, RRT
305 S State St., Aberdeen, SD

Avera McKennan Hospital
Jean Snyders, RRT, CPFT
810 E 23rd St., Sioux Falls, SD

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
Joan Hochstein, RRT, CPFT, AE-C
501 S Summit St., Yankton, SD

Brookings Health System
Jesse Walsh
300 22nd St., Brookings, SD

Community Memorial Hospital
Julene Cass, RN
111 W 10th Ave., Redfield, SD

Fall River Health Services
David Alexander
605-745-8910 ext 149
1201 Hwy 71
Hot Springs, SD

Huron Regional Medical Center
Myrna Lakner, RN, BSN
172 4th St SE, Huron, SD

Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital
Steve McCollar and Janelle Agan;
61 Charles St., Deadwood, SD

Madison Community Hospital
Mary Hart, RRT
917 N Washington Ave. ,Madison, SD

Milbank Area Hospitals Avera
Corrine McCulloch, CRT
901 E Virgil Ave., Milbank, SD

Mobridge Regional Hospital
Deb Brekke, RN, BSN
1401 10th Ave. W, Mobridge, SD

Prairie Lakes Hospital
Bobbi Bach, RN
401 9th Ave. NW, Watertown, SD

Rapid City Regional Hospital
Kathy Styles, RRT
353 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City, SD

St Marys Hospital
Becky Bergeson, RN
801 E Sioux, Pierre, SD

Sanford USD Medical Center
June Schulz, RRT, FAACVPR
3401 W 49th St., Sioux Falls, SD

Spearfish Regional Hospital
Deb Winter, RN, CDE, CFCN
1440 N Main St., Spearfish, SD

Sturgis Regional Hospital
Morgan Newman, RN
949 Harmon St., Sturgis, SD