Black River Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader


Black River Falls, WI – Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) is proud to announce the certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BRMH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

The certification process has been in the works for over three years with BRMH Registered Respiratory Therapist, Kim Schlifer, driving the process forward. This difficult process has resulted in BRMH meeting or exceeding the highest level of national standards of care.

The pulmonary rehabilitation available at BRMH is designed to help people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Those with other respiratory conditions can also benefit from the program. Once a patient is in the program, a one-on-one treatment plan is developed. Schlifer stated, “This individualized care is tailored to meet each patient’s needs and abilities.” Participants in the program gain strength and endurance, breathe better, and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

In response to the request for a support group, Schlifer developed the Better Breathers Support Group in 2012. The group meets every other month and allows patients to stay connected with their care team and each other. “Getting support from each other can mean so much to the participants,” Schlifer stated. She added, “Our programs can help patients regain confidence, reduce hospitalizations, and allow them to have the best life possible.”

For more information about these programs, call 715-284-5361 or visit


BRMH received certification for its pulmonary rehabilitation program. Representing the pulmonary care team is BRMH Chief Nursing Officer - Melissa Bergerson, Kim Schlifer – BRMH Registered Respiratory Therapist and Jackie Ellingson – BRMH Respiratory Director.

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