Morris Hospital honors therapist for inspiring pulmonary patients

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers honored Respiratory Therapist Virginia Landers, Yorkville, as its first Fire Starter of the Month in the new year.

MORRIS – Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers honored respiratory rherapist Virginia Landers, Yorkville, as its first Fire Starter of the Month in 2018.

Landers worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, home care, and sleep centers before she became part of the Morris Hospital team in 1999.

She spent the next 12 years working with inpatients, and each year during her annual appraisal when asked about her goals, she would tell her manager she wanted to start a pulmonary rehabilitation program at Morris Hospital. In 2011, she did just that.

Located at the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital on Gore Road in Morris, the pulmonary rehab program serves adults who are limited in everyday activities due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, environmental and occupational lung disease and post-operative lung surgery.

Since 2011, Landers has added a monthly Breathers Support Group and harmonica group to the list of pulmonary offerings for the community. This past year, she led the program’s efforts in achieving its first certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Services Director Jori Christensen agreed that Landers truly goes above and beyond for each of her patients.

Landers said the patients are the inspiration that keep her striving for more.