National Jewish Health and Jefferson Health Announce Creation of Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute in Philadelphia

Today, Jefferson Health in Philadelphia and National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, based in Denver, Colorado, announced an agreement to create the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute in Philadelphia. The Institute is enabled by the continuing support of the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation. The collaboration leverages the strengths of each organization and will define best practices for treatment and research of pulmonary and related diseases including COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis and infectious respiratory diseases. The Respiratory Institute is expected to open this summer, with additional locations anticipated across Jefferson Health’s regional campuses.

One in four Americans suffers from serious chronic or life threatening respiratory diseases, which cause millions of deaths, send patients to emergency rooms, and severely impact quality of life each and every day. National Jewish Health is the leading and only institution dedicated to research and treatment of respiratory disease, treating both adults and children. Jefferson Health is reimagining health care for the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey, with 23,000 people dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate care for patients and discovering new treatments and therapies to define the future of care. Together, Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health bring an extraordinary level of expertise in addressing complex respiratory illnesses.

“This is a model for how organizations can work together to deliver more value to our patients by providing the right care in the communities we serve,” said Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “Our partnership will transform the way pulmonary care is delivered, and we are looking forward to being part of a growing collaborative dedicated to the treatment and research of pulmonary and related diseases.”

“Teaming up with a visionary health care organization like Jefferson Health extends the extraordinary respiratory network National Jewish Health is creating with world class partners,” said Michael Salem, M.D., President and CEO of National Jewish Health. “This new relationship and the physicians and researchers who will be working together, will help many more patients in the Philadelphia area and throughout the Northeast.”

“My wife, Jane, and I know what it’s like to live with a disease that threatens something as fundamental to life as your breathing,” said Leonard Korman. “It’s been our dream to help provide a premier resource for respiratory health for the community. Thanks to Jefferson and National Jewish Health, it’s becoming a…

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