South Florida Hospital News
Saturday December 15, 2018

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6




Cleveland Clinic Florida Receives Care Center Designation from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Cleveland Clinic Florida has been designated a Care Center by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), in recognition of its expertise in accurately diagnosing and treating individuals with pulmonary fibrosis. The foundation’s Care Center Network now has 60 sites in 30 states, with three centers in Florida, providing access to quality care and services that are critical to the pulmonary fibrosis community.
“We are honored to join the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network and congratulate our pulmonary care team, led by Dr. Franck Rahaghi, for this achievement,” said Wael Barsoum, M.D., CEO and President at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “This designation reflects the team’s dedication and Cleveland Clinic Florida’s overall commitment to providing world-class care to our patients and their families. We look forward to working closely with the foundation to enhance patient education programs and research initiatives.”
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with illness that affect the lungs, breath and sleep. The hospital has a comprehensive pulmonary function lab, equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows for accurate lung volume measurements as well as a pulmonary hypertension clinic that treats patients with advanced lung disease and scleroderma and sarcoidosis. Patients with lung diseases can also benefit from the pulmonary education and rehabilitation center. 
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 in the United States annually, with 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. There is no known cure.
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