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Area hospital earns award in COPD treatment


SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia has earned a high performing award in Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) treatment from U.S. News. A hospital’s COPD score is based on several data categories, including patient survival, discharging patients to home, nurse staffing and more.

Dr Aziz Rahman

COPD is a condition that constricts airways causing difficulty or discomfort in breathing. Smoking and air pollution are common causes of COPD. Individuals with COPD are at a higher risk for other health problems. Although COPD is non-curable, the symptoms are treatable.

“I have been here for 41 years. I began the Pulmonary Rehab Program here at St. Mary’s Hospital,” stated Aziz Rahman, MD, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Sleep Medicine at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. “I am happy to see that we are doing such a good job within the Pulmonary Department. Around 60-70% of my patients come in to be treated for COPD. We are always accepting new patients.”

When you can’t breathe, it impacts every aspect of your life. At SSM Health they are committed to providing you with exceptional care to help improve your life and give you the freedom to live the way you want. Their pulmonologists work closely with primary care physicians and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for their patients. Learn more about COPD and request an appointment with an SSM Health Pulmonologist today. Dr. Aziz Rahman’s office in Centralia, IL can be reached at 618-532-0998.

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