As a rural hospital, we are challenged in many ways. One of our biggest challenges is providing access to specialized care that’s local and in our community, which many of our patients need and want. We know that many of our patients suffer from respiratory problems and have requested pulmonology services. As part of our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, we made “access to care” a top priority for targeted improvement over the next three to five years.
Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that we now offer pulmonology services for our patients with the addition of Dr. Francois Fadel to our physician network. He shares some information in this article about what he does, and why it’s beneficial for patients to have pulmonology services that are close to home.
What is pulmonology?
“Pulmonology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes, which can include evaluating the heart and the upper respiratory tract (made up of the nose, pharynx and throat),” indicated Dr. Fadel. “A pulmonologist is a physician who studies internal medicine and then completes additional schooling and training to diagnose and treat conditions and diseases of the chest. These can include pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, emphysema, lung cancer, and other complicated chest infections. Pulmonologists can also treat and help active or previous smokers who have respiratory symptoms or shortness of breath. We can assess the patient’s lung function, and optimize treatment of their lungs, as well as aid in smoking cessation.”
Who needs a pulmonologist?
“Patients who have a chronic cough, difficulty breathing, persistent lung infection, or any other breathing-related problem typically need specialized services, like those that a pulmonologist provides. To determine how serious your condition is, I will typically conduct pulmonary function tests (PFTs) to measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air,” he says. These tests also check how well your lungs transfer oxygen into the blood.
A pulmonologist is one type of asthma and allergies specialist that may be helpful to use when treating various chest and lung conditions. As we move into Fall, the seasonal changes may cause certain allergies to flare-up or worsen, making it harder to breathe. Asthma can also be affected by seasonal changes.
"Asthma symptoms differ from patient to patient, so there are a variety of tests that I can perform to help determine what approach may be the best to take," explains Dr. Fadel. "A variety of additional tests can be performed, and they just help me learn more about your lungs and how they function. Once I have the results, I prefer to work together with the patient to decide what feels right and is best to do in treating their specific allergies, asthma, or other condition."
Respiratory therapists can assist pulmonologists by performing these tests, and Logansport Memorial Hospital is fortunate to have a fully-staffed respiratory therapy department and pulmonary rehabilitation facility on-site. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed to teach you about your lungs and how to live better with your lung condition. Additionally, LMH has a sleep laboratory on-site to assist with the treatment of sleep disorders. These on-site programs make receiving pulmonology services more convenient for our patients.
Primary care physicians can refer you to receive the specialized services of Dr. Fadel. You can learn more about your referral options by calling (574) 753-1384.
Dr. Fadel is an expert specialist practicing in four specialties – internal medicine, pulmonary/respiratory medicine, critical care medicine, and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He is triple board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine, pulmonary/respiratory medicine, and critical care medicine. He completed a fellowship of double certification in critical care medicine and pulmonary/respiratory medicine at The State University of New York in Brooklyn, New York.
He utilizes the most advanced technologies and procedures to diagnose and treat respiratory conditions, including lung cancer. As the only critical care and pulmonology physician serving Logansport and Cass County, he looks forward to establishing his practice and providing an exceptional level of specialized care for our community.