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Medical Centers Specialize To Treat Patients With Complex Lung Disease | NEWS-Line for Respiratory Care Professionals

Medical Centers Specialize To Treat Patients With Complex Lung Disease


The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) today announced that eight new sites have joined its Care Center Network (CCN) to help serve the more than 200,000 Americans living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a devastating disease which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. Sixty-eight medical centers nationwide now offer expertise in accurately diagnosing and treating people with pulmonary fibrosis.Fifty-thousand new cases of PF are diagnosed each year. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the most common form of the disease, has no known cause and no known cure.

"Our growing network of centers has expanded to the states of Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon and Vermont, increasing coverage in new geographic regions," said Pauline Bianchi, Vice President of Research and Development for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. "Our goal is to continue to expand access to ultimately bring comprehensive care and expertise to more people living with this life-threatening condition."

The latest medical centers to receive the Care Center Network designation are:

Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.
Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Ind.
New York University School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.
The Oregon Clinic, Portland, Ore.
The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vt.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Ky.
Patients visiting CCN sites benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, assistance with social services, and opportunities to participate in research. Medical centers in the CCN have met criteria developed with both pulmonary fibrosis medical experts and patient input. All sites offer multi-disciplinary teams with expertise in pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, radiology, pathology, and dedicated clinical staff.

Centers collaborate with the PFF to actively engage their local PF communities with resources including support groups, educational activities and materials for patients, caregivers and their loved ones.

The 68 sites now operating in the PFF Care Center Network.


Source:The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Photo Credit:The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

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