Debra A. Cooper, MD, Respiratory Therapist with St. Francis Hospital

Get to know Respiratory Therapist Dr. Debra A. Cooper, who serves the population of Vernon, Connecticut.

Debra is a highly trained and qualified respiratory therapist with extensive expertise in all facets of her work, especially critical care. She has been in practice for more than three decades and has worked at St. Francis Hospital and medical center for 28 years, specializing in Critical Care and Trauma. She is currently serving patients in Vernon, Connecticut. Affiliated with the Eastern Connecticut Health Network.

Debra received her degree in Respiratory Therapy in 1978. Since graduating, she has completed a number of advanced training courses, and is also a Certified Asthma Educator. In her role, she is able to assist in the orientation of new personnel and monitor their training programs, providing accurate assessments and recommendations in the area of respiratory care.

With her wealth of experience to call upon, Debra provides a comprehensive range of respiratory care and therapy services. These include critical care ventilatory management, and respiratory assessments, as well as coordinating interdisciplinary care. She attributes her success to her passion in the  field and caring for patients. When she is not working, Debra enjoys traveling, walking, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also involved with pet rescue.

A respiratory therapist is a specialized healthcare practitioner trained in pulmonary medicine in order to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease. Respiratory therapists are specialists and educators in many areas including cardiology, pulmonology, and sleep therapy. Respiratory therapists are clinicians trained in advanced airway management; establishing and maintaining the airway during management of trauma, and intensive care. Respiratory therapists initiate and manage life support for people in intensive care units and emergency departments, stabilizing, treating and managing pre-hospital and hospital-to-hospital patient transport by air or ground ambulance.

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