New faculty and extra clinic days benefit rising number of patients who need sub-specialty care
In response to the community’s growing need for advanced pulmonary care, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has hired 11 new physicians and two nurse practitioners with diverse training and experience in pulmonary care, critical care and/or sleep medicine.
This increase in providers makes it possible for Ohio State to offer an additional 29 half-day clinics per week across 12 pulmonary and sleep outpatient clinic sites – allowing providers to accommodate up to an extra 12,000 patient visits annually.
Reducing wait times and improving outcomes
As the incidence and burden of lung cancer, COPD and other complex pulmonary conditions continue to climb, Ohio State has kept pace by creating disease-specific clinics that streamline care. These clinics specialize in:
- Interstitial lung disease
- Interventional pulmonology
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
“In 2019 alone we had 30,921 visits across our pulmonary and sleep outpatient clinics, and this number is projected to grow,” says pulmonologist Jonathan Parsons, MD, interim director of The Ohio State University’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. “Nothing is more important to our team than making sure people across central Ohio have prompt access to expert care. By staying ahead of demand, we can get patients the life-changing or lifesaving care they need more quickly.”
Helping support our referring providers
To coordinate a physician-to-physician consultation or patient referral with a pulmonary specialist at Ohio State, please call 614-293-4925.
Learn more about innovations in care and research from the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.