The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) announced yesterday it has expanded its nationwide Care Center Network with the selection of 15 additional sites, including University of Iowa Health Care. The PFF’s Care Center Network, a collection of medical centers with expertise in accurately diagnosing and treating individuals with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), now has 60 sites in 30 states. The 15 new sites will help fill a treatment gap, increasing access to quality care and services that are critical to the local PF community.
“Our partnership with the PFF reflects our commitment to integrating world class care and cutting edge research into the overall disease management for patients, caregivers and loved ones,” said Dr. Nabeel Hamzeh, Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease program. “At University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, our team of experts in pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, radiology, and pathology will provide life enhancing treatments to people living with PF while researching the cause and cure for the disease.”
“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, Chief Medical Officer for the PFF. “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.”
More than 200,000 Americans are living with pulmonary fibrosis, a deadly and complex disease which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis causes more than 40,000 deaths annually. Fifty-thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. There is no known cure.