Pulmonology and Respiratory Services

Here To Help You Breathe Easier

We provide consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for patients with lung and breathing problems.  Patients may be staying in the hospital or they may receive outpatient services.

Assessments and Diagnostics
Assessment and diagnostic services include spirometry, complete pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary stress tests, and diagnostic imaging including x-rays and CT scans.
Treatment and Support Services
Treatment and support services are provided for a variety of conditions including the treatment of complications in premature babies, asthma, ventilator life-support, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dyspnea on exertion, chronic cough, screening for occupational hazards, evaluation for the treatment of lung disease, evaluation of sleeping disorders and many others.

Why would I need respiratory or pulmonology services?

Respiratory therapists work under the direction of doctors and treat a range of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people with lung disease. They give patients oxygen, manage ventilators, and administer drugs to the lungs.  Respiratory care may be needed while an inpatient at the hospital or in an outpatient setting like a patient’s home.

While some acute illnesses don’t require long-term treatment, if breathing difficulties persist, such as chronic cough, shortness of breath, bloody sputum, or other persistent symptoms, a pulmonologist can help diagnose your condition through various tests while utilizing imaging technology to formulate a personalized treatment plan to best meet your needs and improve your quality of life.

Why is respiratory and pulmonary health important?

You may not think about the importance of your lung health until you experience a breathing problem. Your lungs provide oxygen and keep every other organ functioning by removing carbon dioxide from your body. If you do not have a healthy respiratory system, it impacts the quality of everyday life and can prematurely shorten your lifespan.

How can I keep my respiratory system healthy?

  • Avoid Smoking
  • Move Your Body – Aim for 150 minutes of exercise each week.
  • Get To a Healthy Weight
  • Lower Your Stress Levels
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Keep Germs Away – Wash Your Hands!

What else does respiratory and pulmonary health impact?

Respiratory and pulmonary conditions can impact many areas of your health and can create other health concerns.  For example, your cardiopulmonary system pumps blood from the heart to the lungs to get oxygen. The heart then sends oxygenated blood through arteries to the rest of the body. The veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart to start the circulation process over. Your cardiopulmonary system is critical to healthy organs, muscles and tissues.

Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapists are available around the clock to assist our doctors in the treatment of many illnesses. All Respiratory Therapists are licensed by the State of Ohio and are also certified or registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). You will likely see our therapists serving all areas of the hospital from the emergency room to the nursery.  Treatments and services often provided include:

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)
A lab test drawn by our skilled therapists from an artery that provides information on how well a patient is breathing, the amount of oxygen in the blood, and the blood’s pH.
Aerosol and Inhaler Treatments
Medications that are inhaled to help reverse airway constriction and swelling.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program benefits patients who have experienced a recent heart related illness, surgery or intervention.  Our cardiology services focus on prevention, diagnostics and rehabilitation.
Chest Physiotherapy
Mechanical manipulation of the chest wall to help mobilize secretions out of the lungs and airways.
Oxygen Therapy
Supplemental oxygen provided by cannulas, masks, or ventilators help to increase oxygen levels in the blood.
Pulmonary Function Testing
A series of breathing maneuvers done through a computer used to determine the presence or monitor certain cardiopulmonary diseases. We offer complete pulmonary function services including methacholine challenges. Spirometry and complete occupational health screens are also available from our Wellness & Occupational Health Department.
Ventilator Care
Life support that assists or provides the total oxygen and breathing requirements for patients who are unable to do so on their own.

Mercer Health Pulmonology, Cardiology and Sleep Care Services

Mercer Health Medical Group Pulmonology

Mercer Health Medical Group Pulmonology offers outpatient pulmonology services for patients with acute and chronic lung conditions. Dr. Gutta, our pulmonologist is board certified in pulmonology, internal medicine, critical care and sleep medicine and sees patients at Mercer Health’s Community Medical Center in Celina.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at Mercer Health Medical Group Pulmonology, please contact us at 419-586-3017.

Mercer Health Sleep Care Center

Sleep disturbances can be caused by respiratory/pulmonary conditions.  Mercer Health’s Sleep Care Center can help diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders.  Sleep Care welcomes physician and patient referrals. The patient can call Sleep Care to set up an appointment with a board-certified sleep physician, for an initial evaluation or may be referred directly by another physician.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our sleep physician, please contact us at 419-678-ZZZZ (9999).

Mercer Health Cardiology Services

Our Cardiology Services focus on prevention, diagnostics and rehabilitation.  Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program benefits patients who have experienced a recent heart related illness, surgery or intervention.

Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department can be reached at 419-678-5180.