PH Care Centers

Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates

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Program Overview

History Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates (KPA) began taking care of patients with pulmonary hypertension in 1992 when they transplanted their first PH patient and provided pre- and post-transplant care. In 1995, KPA started their first patient on IV epoprostenol, who did well enough to come out of the hospital until transplanted four months later. Since that time KPA has increased the number of patients in their PH program and has incorporated into their practice the introduction of every new treatment and medication for pulmonary hypertension.

The KPA outpatient program is led by J. Wesley McConnell, MD, and their coordinators. It is located in downtown Louisville and is easily accessible to patients. KPA provides PFT, 6MWT and management of IV therapy onsite. KPA has utilized Jewish Hospital as their inpatient service area since 1991. They have a designated ICU and intermediate care unit for all PH patients, in addition to pulmonary rehab, echocardiogram and catheterization on site. Their pharmacy carries all PH medications in stock so there is never an interruption in service. KPA also has access to second outpatient catheterization labs at Baptist Health and Norton Healthcare.

PH Program Physicians
  • John W. McConnell, MD
  • Josephine Mei, MD

Center Coordinators
  • Carolyn Cunningham, APRN
  • Kimberly H. Robinson, APRN

Duration of Program’s Existence
  • Since 1995

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed
  • 175-199

Number of Patients of IV/SQ Therapy
  • 20-29

Support Services Available
  • Coagulation Services
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Central Line Placement/Repair
  • Congenital Heart Disease Specialists
  • Dietary/Nutrition
  • Lung Transplant Program
  • Palliative Care Services
  • Pulmonary/Cardiology On-Call Service (24/7)
  • Pulmonary or Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE) Referral
  • Rheumatology
  • Social Work

Do You Provide Access to Clinical Trials
  • Number of Current Clinical Trials: 18
  • Number of prior trials/studies in the past 5 years: 15