Breathe Easy Helps Decrease Hospital Readmissions by 50 Percent

Woman-Owned Healthcare Company Appoints Corporate Medical Director

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--Clyde Heflin, M.D., renowned pulmonologist, has been named Corporate Medical Director for Breathe Easy Respiratory Solutions, Inc., (BERS). Breathe Easy is a woman-owned disease management company specializing in invasive and non-invasive respiratory care and primarily focuses on transition care from facility to home.

“Dr. Heflin is the perfect fit because of his pioneering history in improving the lives of pulmonary patients across middle Tennessee.”

“Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care while providing cost savings to payors and the involved facilities by reducing readmissions and shortening hospital stays for respiratory patients,” said Rose Miller Grindstaff, COO. “Dr. Heflin is the perfect fit because of his pioneering history in improving the lives of pulmonary patients across middle Tennessee.”

Dr. Heflin attended Vanderbilt University and has an academic appointment at Vanderbilt University. Previously, he was in private practice at St. Thomas Hospital and the chief medical officer at St. Thomas Medical Services. He is currently medical director at Kindred Hospital and the Remeo Unit, Bordeaux Hospital.

Breathe Easy offers a comprehensive disease management program administered by licensed respiratory therapists. A transition team working together with hospitals and skilled care facilities, Breathe Easy prevents unnecessary admissions and readmissions by offering a program consisting of medication review, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and more. It has been successful in significantly lowering readmissions by 50 percent when compared with the national average. Additionally, the smoking cessation success rate is 80 percent among the patients supported.

Both invasive and non-invasive patients are served, as well as those with respiratory issues (neuromuscular, asthma, CHF, pneumonia, COPD, chronic respiratory disease, etc.). There is an emphasis on maintaining quality of life in severely ill respiratory patients and teaching them to self-manage.

Headquartered in Nashville, Breathe Easy is licensed as a DME in Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Kentucky. For more information about Breathe Easy, please visit

About Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy Respiratory Solutions, Inc. has developed a holistic disease management program for treating respiratory patients with the goal of improving and saving lives. Licensed respiratory therapists evaluate the patient either before hospital discharge or at home to encourage compliance and discourage readmissions. The therapist has personal contact with the patient and caregiver to provide disease management education as well as support and guidance. They remind the patients of doctor's appointments, review their medication and proper administration, work with dietary needs and nutrition, a simple but effective exercise routine and smoking cessation. They report outcomes to referring physician or facility. For more information, visit


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Woman-Owned Healthcare Company in Nashville Appoints Corporate Medical Director.

Breathe Easy Respiratory Solutions, Inc.