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St. Luke's Hospital Named to National Pulmonary Fibrosis Care Network

The hospital is now part of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network.
Chesterfield, Mo. , May 18, 2018
St. Luke’s Hospital has been designated as a Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network site, bringing high quality care close to home for patients with fatal lung disease. 

“Being named a PFF Care Center Network site indicates that St. Luke’s Hospital has the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of complex, fibrotic lung diseases,” said Neil Ettinger, MD, St. Luke’s Hospital Chief of Pulmonology. “This designation reflects our commitment to integrating research and high quality care to improve the lives of our patients.”  

In addition to receiving expert diagnosis and treatment, patients will benefit from St. Luke’s participation in the network by receiving recommendations for continuing care, including lung transplantation, and assistance in locating necessary social services. Eligible patients will also have the opportunity to take part in clinical trials. St. Luke’s Hospital offers a quarterly support group meeting for patients who have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

More than 200,000 Americans are living with IPF, a complex disease which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. Nationwide, IPF causes more than 40,000 deaths annually, and 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. There is no known cure. 

“As the leading resource for the pulmonary fibrosis community, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to developing new tools and support to help ensure patients receive a swift and accurate diagnosis along with the highest quality of care,” said Dr. Gregory P. Cosgrove, PFF chief medical officer. “The launch of our 15 new Care Center Network sites provides crucial resources for care along with an infrastructure that facilitates research toward a cure.” 

The PFF Care Center Network now includes 60 sites in 30 states. 

About St. Luke's Hospital:
St. Luke's Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. Since its founding in 1866, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care. It provides personalized healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its 493-bed hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. and 143-bed St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital. It also offers more than 30 other locations across the greater St. Louis area, bringing quality healthcare services close to home. St. Luke's is nationally-recognized for quality care and consistently earns high patient satisfaction scores. In St. Louis, St. Luke's is the exclusive alliance provider for the nation's No. 1 heart hospital, Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute.


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