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Respiratory CareRespiratory Care

Sarasota Memorial’s multi-disciplinary respiratory care team provides a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with lung disease, injuries and breathing disorders.

Directed by Sarasota Memorial’s Pulmonary Council – made up of a local group of board-certified pulmonologists – our respiratory care team includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Cardiopulmonary therapists
  • Physical, occupational and speech language therapists
  • Case managers and social workers


The Respiratory Care team treats adult and pediatric patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis, administering therapeutic medical gases and medications and managing assistive devices and mechanisms to maintain vital airways. The team also provides around-the-clock care for critically ill and premature newborns in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and patients in our ER and Trauma Center.

Treating Patients with Airway Complications
Our highly-skilled physicians have extensive experience in assessing and treating airway disease and pulmonary disorders. Sarasota Memorial’s diagnostic and interventional bronchoscopy program offers a full range of minimally invasive endoscopic services, from endobronchial ultrasound, navigational bronchoscopy and brachytherapy to diagnose, stage and treat lung cancer, to bronchial thermoplasty for people whose asthma cannot be controlled by medication.

For general information about Respiratory Services at Sarasota Memorial, call (941) 917-1850 for information.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Sarasota Memorial also offers ongoing education and a comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation program for patients with chronic lung disease or who have had a recent lung surgery or injury.

Through education and exercise techniques, pulmonary rehabilitation therapists provide individualized training to promote strength and endurance and alleviate respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea and fatigue.

Program Admission: Medicare and secondary insurances generally cover all or a portion of the costs. Our staff can help with insurance questions and physician referrals. Call 941-917-6139 (Sarasota) or 941-257-2850 (North Port).