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Valley Hill Therapy Center Helps Patients Breathe While Gardening

Redford Twp., MI (May 31, 2007) Valley Hill Therapy Center, Botsford Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, hosted a gardening day on May 30 for current patients at their Redford Township facility. The event was an extension of their patients’ supervised exercise treatment allowing them to use their breathing technique during an everyday activity, such as gardening. Nine patients successfully planted six flats of annuals next to the facility on West Six Mile Rd.

The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Valley Hill focuses on improving functional capacity and quality of life for persons with asthma, emphysema, chronics bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic lung conditions. The therapists work with patients on controlling their symptoms, slowing the progression of their lung disease, increasing their ability to live independently and building their endurance. John Darin, RRT, Botsford’s Director of Respiratory Care Services, says, “The therapists at Valley Hill work to control patient’s symptoms that limit their activities and quality of life. The gardening day allowed our patients to learn how to properly use their breathing techniques so they could participate in an activity that they enjoy and might not have been able to perform prior to their therapy.”

To learn more about the Valley Hill Therapy Center, please call (313) 387-3800 or go to www.botsford.org/valleyhill.

Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.


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