Silver Spring, Md. (October 19, 2016) – Less than three years after launching a program to officially recognize clinics that advance care for patients fighting a too often misdiagnosed life-threatening lung disease, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has announced the 41st site to receive Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC) accreditation. The Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine program at The Oregon Clinic is the first center in Oregon to receive accreditation after demonstrating its ability to properly diagnose and manage PH patients in need of complex care.
PH is increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs. It is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure and death. Common symptoms of PH can include shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Consequently, the disease is often misdiagnosed and treated as another illness, such as asthma or COPD. Delays in diagnosis and treatment of this progressive disease can be deadly. Once considered rapidly fatal, some types of PH can now be treated with many targeted treatment options.
PHA’s accreditation criteria are based on key measures of care for PH patients. These measures include the program’s overall commitment to PH patients, scope of services provided and expertise of its care team. PHA is phasing the accreditation in over the course of three to four years. The PHCC program advances PHA’s mission of extending and improving the lives of people living with PH.
Since the launch of the PHCC program in 2014, 36 adult and five pediatric centers in 25 states have earned accreditation.
PHA’s Scientific Leadership Council (SLC) and the PHCC Oversight Committee set the criteria for PHCC accreditation. The SLC is composed of 28 global leaders in the field of pulmonary hypertension, including healthcare professionals and research scientists in medical centers recognized for excellence in care for patients with PH. A full list of accredited centers can be located at the following pages: PHCC Accredited Adult Centers and PHCC Accredited Pediatric Centers.
About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the country’s leading pulmonary hypertension organization. Commemorating its 25thanniversary in 2016, PHA’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH; its vision is a world without PH, empowered by hope. PHA achieves this by connecting and working together with the entire PH community of patients, families; healthcare professionals and researchers. For more information and to learn how you can support PH patients, visit www.PHAssociation.org and connect with PHA on Twitter @PHAssociation and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PulmonaryHypertensionAssociation.