Over a decade ago Michael Partysnski, owner of Michael’s Auto Body in Indian Orchard, began experiencing symptoms associated with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“I’ve been trying to quit smoking cigarettes for over 10 years," he says. "I tried everything to no avail. I finally coughed so hard that it scared me, and my wife and daughter witnessed it.”
Helping Patients Be More Independent
Partysnski was referred to Baystate Medical Center's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program which provides a comprehensive approach to managing chronic pulmonary diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and bronchiectasis.
The goal of the program is to help patients better understand their disease and control their symptoms.
“When I got in this program and I learned the related science with it, the class, as well as the gym, I really got into it," says Partysnski.
Highly Rated Program Reassures Patients
Baystate's pulmonary rehab program was the first in Massachusetts to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and is rated a "high performing" hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
According to U.S. News, “It is important for patients, in consultation with their doctors, to be able to research a hospital and know the hospital has treated a sufficient number of patients like them.”
“It’s a fantastic program and I am very happy with it," says Partysnski. "We walked all summer and I keep increasing my weights on the treadmill. Basically I’m in good shape for my age and I just want to keep at it.”
Now He's Back in His Shop
With guidance and support from his rehab specialists, he is even able to be more involved at his auto body shop.
Using a protective respirator, he is back to painting, which has allowed him to avoid hiring a full time painter. He feels strong enough to get back to body work again, too.
“Now I have a new lease on life, it's rejuvenating,” adds Partysnski.