New at BCMH in Pulmonary Rehab and Respiratory Departments

In March, Bates County Memorial Hospital recognizes Pulmonary Rehabilitation Awareness Week and Sleep Awareness Week during the week of March 13-19. New developments at BCMH in the Pulmonary Rehab and Respiratory departments will be welcome news for patients.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

The beginning of daylight savings time can affect your sleep schedule, but did you know that almost 80 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder? Sleep Awareness Week is March 13-19, and it’s a good time to highlight the help that is available for people who suffer from common sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea. The first step in getting help is to schedule a sleep study, which measures the quality of your sleep. Sleep studies and treatment for sleep disorders are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. BCMH is now an ACHC accredited sleep study facility, and is monitored by certified sleep technologists from Midwestern Sleep Services. Call your primary care provider to see if a sleep study would be right for you. For more information about the BCMH Sleep Lab, call 816-347-1517. Learn more about sleep studies at:

Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Covid-19 Patients with Persistent Symptoms

This Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, we have good news for post-Covid-19 patients who have had persistent symptoms for four or more weeks: your insurance may cover a comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) program tailored for your needs. Your primary care provider can help you learn if you qualify. PR is a low-cost, high-value service that helps people with chronic lung disease to improve symptoms, function and quality of life.  Learn more about the PR program at BCMH on our website:

A physician’s referral is required for both the sleep study and pulmonary rehabilitation program. Start the conversation with your primary care provider.