Reading Hospital in West Reading will be partnering with the Drexel University College of Medicine starting in April to host a cystic fibrosis clinic for adults.
The clinic would be located in the Doctor’s Office Building at the hospital.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that causes breathing difficulties and coughing up mucus from frequent lung infections.
Patients in the clinic will be seen by pulmonary medicine physicians from Drexel, as well as members of the Reading Hospital medical staff.
Because of the complexity of the condition – it affects the lungs, but also the kidney, pancreas and intestines – patients with cystic fibrosis require a multidisciplinary approach to care, the hospital said.
Care providers at the clinic will be able to make referrals to critical services such as respiratory therapy, infectious disease, nutrition services and otolaryngology.
"The new clinic will participate in clinical trials and important research initiatives, demonstrating our growing relationship and ongoing commitment to the patients and communities," said Dr. Michael Stephen, Drexel University College of Medicine Cystic Fibrosis center director.
This will be the first adult cystic fibrosis clinic in Berks County.
"This new collaboration meets a critical need in our communities," said Brian Boland, co-chair of the 2019 Cystic Fibrosis Gala. "Patients will no longer need to travel great lengths to receive the critical treatment they need for Cystic Fibrosis care."