Members of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) Cardiopulmonary Department traveled to Pittsburgh on Sept. 19, for a continuing education event organized by the University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Staff who attended the event included Kristi Gannon, the nurse manager of the Pulmonary Rehab Department, Frank Scattaregia, MD, the medical director of the SJMH Breathe Easy Program, George Butcher, the staff nurse and Tilmon Fenske, a pulmonary rehab patient, according to a SJMH press release.
The keynote speaker for the event was Kevin K. Brown, MD, a clinical specialist from Denver, Colorado provided an overview of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
He also provided attendees with the current recommended treatment for the disease and reviewed data from IPF clinical trials.
The overall message presented by Brown focused on the absolute necessity for patients with IPF to enroll in Phase II Pulmonary Rehab, according to the press release.
Exercise is the only treatment currently available to patients with this terrible illness that improves their quality of life, Brown noted.
For information about SJMH’s Pulmonary Program call 304-269-8099.