The Campbell County Health October 2017 Department Discovery shines a light
on the Campbell County Memorial Hospital
Cardiopulmonary Services department, located on the second floor of
Cardiopulmonary Services—or what many people call CPS—provides
comprehensive care and testing for patients suffering from breathing disorders
caused by heart or lung disease.
James (Jim) Morda says that his staff of 11 focuses on providing the highest level of care
possible to patients. “They want the best for their patients. I
believe that my staff truly love what they do, and care for their patients,” he says.
Jim’s staff consists of Respiratory Therapists. For those who don’t
know, a respiratory therapist is someone who cares for patients who have
trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease,
such as asthma or emphysema. They also provide emergency care to patients
suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, or shock. Respiratory
Therapists earn a college degree in Respiratory Care and must pass a test
given by the National Board for Respiratory Care to obtain the credentials
of a CRT or RRT.
What do respiratory therapists at CCMH spend some of their time doing?
Often, it’s some of the exams below:
- Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), which can be used to help diagnose asthma,
allergies, emphysema (COPD), and other lung disorders.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG), which can play a role in diagnosing brain disorders
such as brain injury, stroke, sleep disorders, or dementia.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), which looks for patterns among heartbeats
and rhythms to diagnose various heart conditions.
- Heart Holter Monitor, which records heart rhythms for an entire 24-48 hour
period for an in-depth look at heart activity.
Sleep Study, which is performed in the
Sleep Center, and is specially designed for sleep studies and provides a full range
of diagnostic and treatment for more than 70 different sleep disorders.
The most commonly treated sleep disorders are: snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia,
restless legs syndrome, and shift work disorder. (FYI: The Sleep Center
at Campbell County Health is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep
Medicine (AASM) and is one of only three accredited programs in the state of Wyoming.)
If you didn’t know, October 22-28 is the American Association for
Respiratory Care Week! Please help us celebrate our respiratory therapists, and all that they
do for our patients.
A big round of applause to the Cardiopulmonary Services crew! Thank you
for helping to keep our patients healthy and happy. You can learn more
about CPS, and the services provided, at