St. Luke’s University Health Network will partner with Temple University Hospital for advanced lung disease and lung transplant services, according to a news release.
The affiliation will allow patients living in the Lehigh Valley streamlined access to Temple’s experienced lung transplant team and pulmonology specialists close to home.
This announcement builds on previously established affiliations between Temple and St. Luke’s for heart, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplants.
“This affiliation formalizes the coordinated, individualized care that we already provide our patients,” states Dr. Livia Bratis, chief of pulmonary medicine for St. Luke’s. “Together with Temple, we are making it easier for those patients who would normally need to travel for transplant services.”
Through the Temple Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program at St. Luke’s, patients living in the Lehigh Valley who may need a lung transplant will be pre-screened and cared for at St. Luke’s by both Temple and St. Luke’s pulmonary specialists.
St. Luke’s Pulmonary and Critical Care team cares for individuals who have both acute and chronic lung conditions, such as asthma, COPD, and pulmonary hypertension.
If a transplant is recommended, patients can be referred to Temple for further testing and transplant surgery. Upon discharge from Temple, post-transplant care will be shared between St. Luke’s and Temple specialists, with patients being able to return to St. Luke’s for the majority of their care after transplant.
St. Luke’s pulmonary physicians will also be on-site at Temple University Hospital to see patients and participate in clinical training.
Additionally, St. Luke’s has three fellowship-trained general thoracic surgeons, who perform procedures such as lung resections, bronchial and pleural procedures, and anti-reflux surgery using advanced minimally invasive techniques.
“We are pleased to be able to expand our affiliation with St. Luke’s University Health Network to now include advanced lung disease and transplant services, bringing a collaborative approach to patients in the Lehigh Valley,” said Michael Young, president and CEO of Temple University Hospital. “This program offers many benefits to patients, including an experienced transplant team and a robust research program that is pioneering methods to make donor organs more available and avoid post-transplant complications.”
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network is a regional nonprofit health system employing 15,000 people and providing services at 10 hospitals and over 320 outpatient sites throughout the greater Lehigh Valley.