The old Fitzsimons Army Hospital was born largely from a need for a place to treat America’s soldiers and veterans for tuberculosis and other lung-related ailments.
Now, nearly a century later, University of Colorado Hospital — one of the many subsequent medical facilities to operate out of that north Aurora area — has a new program dedicated to caring for all thing pulmonary.
Last week, UCH announced the new Center for Lungs and Breathing, a “multidisciplinary program” comprised of seven categories of lung-related care: Lung transplants, lung and head/neck cancers, advanced lung diseases, pulmonary vascular disease, complex airway conditions, sleep disorders, and allergy/asthma and inflammatory diseases.
“Our patients will have peace of mind knowing a team of experts is working together to effectively treat their condition,” said UCH President and CEO Will Cook in a statement. “The Center for Lungs and Breathing will always put patients first, making tests and appointments as convenient as possible and offering the most advanced treatments and clinical trials.”
Cook said that the center’s goal is to have patients seen “within one week after their initial call,” easing the transition from a referring doctor to UCH with a “nurse navigator” transferring calls to appropriate specialists.
While traditional lung diseases and transplants will be a key focus of the center, the breathing aspect represents a sizable expansion of UCH’s efforts. Interim center medical director Todd Bull, MD, said the center is combining allergy and asthma treatment with sleep medicine, ear/nose/throat conditions in “a new organizational approach to areas of medicine in which we have historically had exceptional expertise.
“Treating lung and upper airway disease has been a strength of ours for decades,” Bull said. “We’ll be able to care for patients from early stages of lung and airway disease all the way through lung transplant.”
For more info on the Center for Lungs and Breathing, visit their website or call 855-LUNG-UCH.