Jefferson to Open Respiratory Institute in Philadelphia

The health system is partnering with Denver-based National Jewish Health to establish the new program.

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Jefferson Health is partnering with Denver-based specialty hospital National Jewish Health to establish the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute in Philadelphia.

Set to open this summer, the institute will define the best practices for researching and treating pulmonary diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, and infectious respiratory disease, the Business Journal reports. The institute will also partner with specialists at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center to study lung disease.

According to an American Lung Association index, Pennsylvania has one of the highest prevalence estimates for incidents of lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Nationally, more people die from lung cancer than any other form of the disease.

“This is a model for how organizations can work together to deliver more value to our patients by providing the right care in the communities we serve,” said Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University.

The program will be funded by the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation and build on a larger network of National Jewish Health respiratory programs, the PBJ says. It will be located in Jefferson’s respiratory clinic to start.

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