Our pulmonary specialists diagnose and treat a full range of lung diseases including asthma, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sleep disorders.
Highly trained respiratory therapists are invaluable to patients suffering any one of a number of respiratory and/or pulmonary ailments, including asthma, pneumonia, multiple sclerosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Franciscan St. James Health leads the region in its corps of highly seasoned, highly skilled respiratory therapists. Franciscan St. James in Olympia Fields has more than 30 respiratory therapists on staff who treat both inpatients and outpatients at the Olympia Fields campus. More than 70 percent of those have worked at Franciscan St. James for 15-20 years. Another 25 percent have been on staff for 25 years.
Franciscan St. James Health - Olympia Fields
20201 S. Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields, IL. 60461
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No matter the cause of the respiratory difficulty, the respiratory therapy team strives to decrease a patient's length of stay in the hospital as well as provide education and hands-on training to help patients utilize respiratory aids to help them breathe easier at home.
“When we first arrive, we see patients who are afraid. They are starved for oxygen and scared because they can’t get enough air. By the time we leave, they are more relaxed and breathing easier. It’s what we do many times every day but it never gets routine. Every patient needs our help. It’s why we do what we do.”