Public invited to free program on COPD

FLINT — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, which includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma, is the third leading cause of death in America. In an effort to raise awareness about pulmonary conditions, McLaren’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is hosting its annual free community educational program in June; reservations are required.

The program is scheduled for June 13 from 10 a.m.-noon at McLaren Pulmonary Rehabilitation (located in the McLaren Medical Education Building), G-3230 Beecher Rd., Flint (lower level). The class is free and valet parking is available.

This year there are two guest speakers. Steven Gay, M.D., a Pulmonary specialist from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will present an overview of the diagnosis and treatment for chronic lung disease, including lung transplantation. And David Hall, PhD, a local Psychologist, will present “Wishful thinking is not in the plan…how to live well with lung disease.”

To make reservations call 810-342-5370 by June 8.

McLaren Regional Medical Center has the largest Pulmonary Program in the state of Michigan, and it is one of the oldest; now in its 31st year. McLaren was the first program in Michigan to be accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The program also networks with several area transplant centers including, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, The Cleveland Clinic and Henry Ford Hospital. — G.G.

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