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Respiratory Therapists evaluate and care for people with breathing problems and cardiopulmonary ailments by means of treatments, diagnostics, and education. At Lexington Regional, Respiratory Therapy services are utilized for inpatients ranging from premature babies whose lungs are underdeveloped, to elderly people whose lungs have become diseased. Patients who may require respiratory care include those who have been diagnosed with emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, or sleep apnea. Mechanical ventilator support is provided to patients experiencing respiratory failure.

In addition to critical care and maintenance therapies, our Respiratory Therapists also provide:

Diagnostic Pulmonary Testing

Respiratory Therapists perform complete inpatient and outpatient pulmonary function testing and cardiac stress testing.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Under the guidance of an ordering physician, Respiratory Therapists monitor patient activity and education regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic lung disease. This helps determine a patient's capabilities and can even help patients graduate from the use of supplemental oxygen.

Sleep Lab

Lexington Regional's sleep lab assists in diagnosing patients with sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders. We have a registered sleep technician on staff who can complete your sleep study in our comfortable, quiet sleep lab.

Sleep studies often result in a healthier life by identifying sleep apnea and other sleep disorders that can deprive your internal organs of oxygen. These disorders can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeats, depression, headaches, diabetes, impotency, memory problems and weight gain.

Sleep apnea, often referred to as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), is a common ailment affecting 12 million Americans. Once it is diagnosed, it can be easily treated and managed.

Smoking Cessation

Lexington Regional Health Center is a smoke-free campus and offers education and support to patients who desire to stop smoking, and their families.

Other services include pulmonary function tests to diagnose emphysema and asthma, and cardiac stress tests. Cardiac stress tests help physicians understand if the condition is heart related or if asthma is induced by exercise.


Dr. Kalpesh Ganatra from Hastings Pulmonary & Sleep Clinic visits Lexington Regional on the second Tuesday of every month for the convenience of pulmonary patients. Dr. Ganatra is available to interpret pulmonary diagnostic studies, including pulmonary function tests and sleep tests.

Our Respiratory Therapy department is available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

For more information on these services or to contact our Respiratory Therapy department, please call (308) 324-8616.