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Advanced Respiratory Care

As part of its ongoing mission to provide high quality, sub-acute care to adults and seniors in the South Florida community, Plaza Health Network has launched an advanced, inpatient respiratory care program that provides treatment, rehabilitation and education to patients with complex respiratory conditions. The program is available at Arch Plaza, located in North Miami, and will continue to roll out at the other six Plaza Health Network centers throughout Miami-Dade County over the course of 2018.

Patients with complex respiratory conditions – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung disease and those who are ventilator or tracheostomy dependent- will be cared for by respiratory therapists who coordinate with nursing and rehabilitation staff to provide enhanced and advanced pulmonary care. The team also is focused the patient’s continual care once they have transitioned from hospital to home by teaching them the necessary skills that would enable them to function independently at home, thereby avoiding unnecessary hospital readmissions.

The interdisciplinary respiratory care team at Arch Plaza, where this program will first launch, includes pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurses with specialized training in ventilator and tracheostomy care, physical, occupational and speech therapists, nutritionists, social workers and care managers.

“We have several respiratory experts on our team who are highly skilled in this field and are proud to be launching this program within Plaza Health Network,” said Barry Preter, administrator for Arch Plaza. “We hope to set a great tone and rollout for all of the other centers with the ultimate goal of providing our patients greater independence and the ability to provide their own self-care at home when they are ready.”

Services within Arch Plaza’s advanced respiratory care program include:

  • An experienced, licensed respiratory care team on-site 24 hours per day
  • Ventilator management and weaning
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Oxygen management (including high flow modalities and pulse oximetry)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Exercise tolerance testing
  • Sleep testing
  • Communications and swallowing therapy
  • Telemedicine and telemetry for on-site and remote access to medical specialists 24-hour/day for high risk patients, reducing unnecessary hospital re-admissions.

In addition, pulmonary care patients also receive disease-specific education, such as exercise, energy, and smoking cessation, for disease self-management and lifestyle modification.

“We are proud to, once again, be forging ahead with programs and services that enhance the quality of care that our patients receive,” said Elaine Bloom, Plaza Health Network CEO. “Our highly-trained staff is ready to provide the comprehensive medical attention required in a successful respiratory program, while also addressing patients’ physical and social needs.”