Lungs 4 Life

Ridgeview offers a comprehensive outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program for people with various lung disorders. Our patients realize their abilities and acknowledge their limitations as they work toward goals to improve their overall quality of life.

The Lungs 4 Life referral form is used by providers to refer patients to Ridgeview for the Lungs 4 Life pulmonary rehabilitation program. Please print and deliver or email this form to your primary care provider for completion. The form can be returned by fax to 952-442-6019 or by email to

Lungs 4 Life Provider Referral Form [PDF]

The program

The program is available to patients with a variety of pulmonary conditions including:

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Pre/Post Lung Reduction Surgery
  • Pre/Post Transplant
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis


After an evaluation with the rehabilitation team, patients begin an exercise program that is tailored to their individual needs and goals. The program includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, respiratory muscle training and flexibility exercises in order to improve both strength and endurance. Patients attend sessions two times per week on Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays 12 to 1:30 p.m. The program length is a total of 10 weeks, including the initial and exit evaluations.


Education is a vital component of the program. We aim to teach patients the details of pulmonary disease and its effect on daily life. We provide patients with information on topics such as breathing retraining, medications, oxygen therapy, secretion clearance and management, energy conservation, nutrition and stress management.

The Rehabilitation Team

  • Ravi Vaela, MD, Pulmonologist, Medical Director Pulmonary Rehab
  • Penny Lekie, RRT, Pulmonary Rehab Service Coordinator
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Social Services
  • Ridgeview Home Medical Equipment

For more information, call 952-442-8012.