EORH Lung Disease Clinic Partners with Ohio State University for Pulmonary Care

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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WHEELING, W.Va. – The Respiratory and Occupational Lung Disease Clinic and pulmonary rehabilitation department at East Ohio Regional Hospital recently announced its partnership with Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a satellite location for pulmonary rehab services. This partnership will allow for an expansion of services as well as new resources for those affected by pulmonary conditions in the Ohio Valley. The newest in services includes rehabilitation following the lung reduction procedure.

“For many of our patients, this partnership and the opportunities that come along with it are really a life saver,” said Lynn Swider, corporate director of cardiopulmonary services at Ohio Valley Medical Center and EORH. “As a satellite location, our patients will have the opportunity to receive treatment locally without the inconvenience and hassle of traveling to Columbus.”

The partnership now gives patients the access to pre-surgery and post-surgery treatment sessions close to home through the Respiratory and Occupational Lung Disease Clinic and the pulmonary rehab department at EORH. In conjunction with staff therapists from OSU Wexner Medical Center, the EORH pulmonary team works closely with their counterparts in Columbus to coordinate care and evaluations to best meet each patient’s needs.

“I’m proud that we have been able to develop this partnership with Ohio State,” said Dr. Melvin Saludes, medical director of the Respiratory & Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at EORH. “It is an important step for us so that we can help our patients and assist in providing them with the opportunity for a better quality of life.”

By completing many of the pre-surgery and post-surgery treatments locally, patients and their families are not required to make the drive to Columbus multiple times a week. In addition to the expansion of services at EORH, patient accommodation areas have also been renovated to allow for family members or caretakers to be close by during a patient’s time at the hospital.

“Just having these resources close to home can make a big difference,” said Swider. “Just knowing that family is close by and eliminating the stress of traveling back and forth, or finding a place to stay, is such a relief for our patients. It allows them to focus on what’s important – their recovery.”

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.

With the announcement of this care partnership, the Respiratory & Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at East Ohio Regional Hospital is the first clinic in the area with an affiliation through a major university hospital. Pictured from left to right are: Ann Coates, patient care coordinator at EORH; Dr. Michael Ezzie, co-director of the COPD program at OSU Wexner Medical Center; Missy Grimm; and Joan Doehrel, pulmonary rehabilitation specialist.