The medical team in the Respiratory Therapy Department at Rice County District Hospital understands that each breath you take is vital. They are dedicated to providing respiratory care to patients of all ages, from vulnerable newborn patients taking their first breaths to adults struggling with chronic conditions.

Respiratory Therapists are available 24 hours a day to provide treatment to ease acute distress in patients with asthma, emphysema or other chronic conditions, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

Respiratory Therapy can assist patients with chronic conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Respiratory failure

“The ability to breathe is something that is often taken for granted, until it becomes difficult. When every breath becomes a struggle, it is scary and a source for anxiety for the patient. Providing care that eases this struggle is rewarding. I enjoy seeing the calm come over a patient when their breathing becomes easier and less labored.”

– Chris Higgins, Director of Respiratory Therapy

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Rice County District Hospital at 620-257-5173.