Respiratory Care

Asthma Management

Regional Asthma Disease Management Program

Mission Children's Hospital Regional Asthma Disease Management Program was designed to address health disparities in underserved and impoverished children suffering from asthma who live in rural western North Carolina. A multifaceted approach is used that helps families build skills in managing environmental triggers and connects them with other community resources. Addressing social determinants of health cannot be overlooked as our children are at risk for lower school performance, decreased attendance, fragile nutritional status and inadequate housing. Through this program, children and families are given evidence-based care and education in their local settings – homes, childcare centers, schools and other community sites. Our program embraces a holistic approach through compassionate care and patient advocacy.

The Regional Asthma Disease Management Program serves patients at Mission Children's Hospital as well as on-site at schools throughout western North Carolina. We accept referrals from the child's primary care provider or other resources, including school nurses and social workers. To learn more about our services, please call (828) 213-8254.

COPD Management

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects millions of Americans by making it harder to get air in and out of the lungs. If you have COPD, you know how difficult it is to live with. Mission Hospital's COPD management program helps you fully understand and make the best of your situation. In this program, a pulmonary rehabilitation specialist conducts an evaluation of your COPD level and introduces a comprehensive self care plan designed just for you. We provide services for individuals with COPD involving:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema.
  • Preparing for or returning from lung transplantation.

Your COPD management team includes a pulmonologist, physical and respiratory therapists, registered nurses, a dietitian, a psychologist, and exercise specialists. The program may include:

  • Family and community resource education.
  • Nutritional and psychosocial counseling.
  • Exercise programs.
  • Training in breathing techniques.
  • Bronchial hygiene.
  • Smoking cessation.

Because it's almost impossible to improve or even stabilize your COPD if you still smoke, we cannot accept participants until they quit. Mission Hospital offers a powerful and compassionate Smoking Cessation program for people addicted to nicotine. For information, call 828-213-5527. For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 828-213-7000.