When you’re ready to begin your road to recovery, we will be with you every step of the way. At University of Missouri Health Care, we will help you recover from significant heart and lung problems and get back to full strength. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a monitored exercise program combined with education about disease management.

Ronnie Moore


Phase 1

During a patient’s hospitalization, a cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation nurse will speak with patients and family about disease management, activity progression and risk-factor modification and provide information specific to the patient’s situation.

Phase II

After release from the hospital, the patient is put on a monitored exercise program with intensive education regarding disease processes and necessary lifestyle changes. Strategies for controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, weight and smoking are discussed. Patients receive a medical evaluation, physical activity counseling, nutritional counseling, physical-therapy consultations, dietary education, respiratory therapy consults, support and frequent communication with referring physicians.

Phase III

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation offers a program for a limited time for those who have completed Phase II and are not quite ready to exercise independently. This is designed to bridge them into our independent exercise program through Mizzou Therapy Services. Some may also feel comfortable enough to continue an exercise program at home or at a local gym.

Who Qualifies?

A physician’s order is required for a patient to participate in Phase II and III.

The qualifying diagnoses for cardiovascular rehab are:

  • Stable angina
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty/stent
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valve surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart failure ejection fraction of less than 35 percent
  • Peripheral artery disease

The qualifying diagnoses for pulmonary rehab are:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung transplant

Insurance Coverage

Phase II Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is covered by most insurance companies for the diagnoses listed above. We will assist with contacting your insurance company to determine coverage before your initial session. Phase III is not covered by insurance.


The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation gym is located on the ground level of University Hospital in GL-20. It has a small indoor walking track, treadmills, stationary bicycles, ellipticals, rowers, recumbent steppers, arm ergometers, a multi-station weight machine and free weights. It is open Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team Members

  • Cardiovascular medical director: Mary Dohrmann, MD
  • Pulmonary medical director: Armin Krvavac, MD
  • Physical therapist: Julianne Olmsted
  • Registered respiratory therapist: Charity Ezell
  • RN manager: Brenda Snodgrass
  • Exercise physiologist: Dillon Grayson
  • Exercise physiologist: Samantha Carroll
  • Exercise physiologist: Bryan Lucas

For More Information

To learn more about Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, call 573-882-4283.