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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center receives gubernatorial proclamation declaring November COPD

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-7121

Carroll Hospital Center recently received a gubernatorial proclamation declaring November as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month.  The proclamation was signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to urge all Marylanders to learn more about the condition. 

The proclamation signing was due to the hard work and dedication of Michele Burton, Carroll Hospital Center’s pulmonary rehabilitation program clinical coordinator. As state captain of the COPD Foundation, she submitted a request to the governor, asking for his signature to declare November as COPD Awareness Month to highlight the need for awareness of the condition and its staggering statistics.

COPD is used to describe a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma and some forms of bronchiectasis.  According to the COPD Foundation, COPD affects 24 million Americans and is the nation’s second leading cause of disability.

The proclamation recognizes the importance of COPD awareness, its prevalence and how early detection and proper health management can slow COPD’s progression and improve one’s quality of life.

In addition, to recognize the importance of COPD awareness across the globe, World COPD Day will take place on Wednesday, November 20. Organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), the day is dedicated to holding COPD awareness and education events around the world.

At Carroll Hospital Center, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program assists patients with breathing disorders such as COPD.  Located inside the Outpatient Center, the 12-week program features weekly education and exercise, along with nutritional and emotional support to help patients improve their quality of life.  The program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), ensuring the highest standards of care for patients.

For more information on Carroll Hospital Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, please click here.

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