To provide exceptional patient care in the field of cardiopulmonary services in an efficient, professional, as well as cost-conscious manner in an effort to enhance the overall outcomes of our patients from admission to discharge in regards to quality and care.


To reach the patients of Cresco and surrounding communities in regards to their cardiopulmonary needs.  To educate, facilitate care, and increase accessibility within our areas of expertise.  To work together as a team within RHSHC to provide a patient care experience of compassion, commitment, and excellence.


Monica Christensen, RRT, RPFT, NPS, CCT, CCRP
Becky Gardner, RCP, CRT
Miranda Schnitzler, RRT, RCD
Abby Brincks, RN

Becky Gardner, Miranda Schnitzler, Abby Brincks

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm


For more information on the respiratory and cardiopulmonary services offered

at Regional Health Services, please call 563-547-6692.

Comments from Pulmonary Rehab Patient, Betty Schmitt:

“When I had my first appointment with the respiratory therapist, I was skeptical about the program.  I was not familiar with the program or the services that they provided.  From my first appointment to the last, the staff helped and encouraged me each time.  I went from using an inhaler twice a day to discontinuing it altogether.  As of this date, I have been inhaler free for four months!  The program was exceptional, and the staff very professional and supportive of me.  My asthma symptoms have greatly diminished, and I intend to continue on with their phase 3 of the program for another 12 sessions.  The rehab program is a tremendous asset to our medical care in Cresco.  All of my sessions were covered by my insurance.  If your physician recommends pulmonary therapy for your care, please try the program.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised!”


Respiratory Therapy Evaluation:  Anyone with a cardiac or pulmonary diagnosis that would benefit from a respiratory evaluation:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
  • congestive heart failure,
  • asthma,
  • pulmonary embolism,
  • shortness of breath,
  • pneumonia,
  • smokers,
  • or any patient having respiratory or oxygenation issues that you feel would benefit from our services.

Sleep Evaluation:

  • obesity
  • fatigue
  • snoring
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • desaturations at night
  • Positive Stop Bang questionnaire on admission

Cardiac Evaluation:

  • ectopy/arrhythmia
  • near syncopal episode
  • dizziness
  • palpitations

Pre-op Evaluation:  Patients with any of the above co-morbidities requiring surgery.

Inpatient Services include:

  • Nebulizer treatments
  • EZ PAP therapy to assure medication is reaching all areas of the lung
  • In-check dial, for any patient who is on an inhaler to make sure they have enough inspiratory flow to properly receive their medication

Pulmonary Function Test:  We offer pulmonary rehab with 36 sessions of education, breathing techniques, and muscle strengthening with a qualifying diagnosis.