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Breathe Easier in the Care of the Respiratory Team at Heather Hill


May 10, 2021
Donald, Leonardo, Gwendolyn, Anthony – they’re all people who can breathe easier thanks to the hard work of the respiratory team at Heather Hill. In the last several weeks, our Respiratory Therapy Director Doug Demmler, RT, and Pulmonologist Dr. Russell Ciufo, MD, have successfully decannulated three Heather Hill patients who were trach-dependent. They also successfully weaned a patient off of a ventilator; the patient had been ventilator-dependent for more than two years.

“We are really happy for these patients and their families,” the respiratory therapist Doug said. Heather Hill specializes in respiratory therapy services, including complex ventilator care; and the team regularly liberates patients from ventilator- and tracheostomy-dependence.



“I really like caring for the complex cases,” Doug said, when asked why he has dedicated the last ten years to caring for respiratory patients at Heather Hill. “The team here at Heather Hill isn’t scared of complicated patients, and we have a track record of doing a good job.”

Experienced nursing staff, a pulmonologist on site five days per week, and around-the-clock respiratory therapists are a large part of Heather Hill’s successful track record. Typically, in skilled nursing settings, physician and respiratory therapy coverage is spotty; but at Heather Hill, clinicians are available to treat clinically complex patients quickly.

If you’d like more information about the respiratory therapy services at Heather Hill, call our admissions department at 440-279-2451 or contact our team by filling out the contact form below.

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