(Sioux Falls, SD) The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Sanford USD Medical Center has been nationally recognized for outstanding quality and care. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently honored the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Sanford with the 2008 Quality Care Award: Recognizing Outstanding QI Processes and Accomplishments. Sanford USD Medical Center is one of only nine centers around the country honored with this inaugural award.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundations Center Committee, comprised of center and program directors from the accredited centers across the U.S., selected the recipients from centers receiving their regular accreditation assessment during the last site visit cycle. The recipients were selected for sustained quality improvement work that improved outcomes. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Sanford has implemented several projects to promote positive outcomes including improving the body mass index and nutrition of patients.
Our focus is always on the patient and trying to improve the quality of care. When that is the focus, I think the rewards can be very unpredictable. Obviously, your patients will do better, but national recognition adds fulfillment to the rewards of doing the best that you can for the patient, said James Wallace, MD, Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center at Sanford.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects more than 30,000 people in the U.S. It is a genetic disorder that particularly affects the lungs and digestive system and makes children who have it more vulnerable to repeated lung infections. Now, thanks to high-tech medical advances in drug therapy and genetics, children born with CF can look forward to longer and more comfortable lives. In the last ten years, research into all aspects of CF has helped doctors to understand the illness better and to develop new therapies.
South Dakota Cystic Fibrosis Center at Sanford
The South Dakota Cystic Fibrosis Center located at Sanford Childrens Specialty Clinic is the only accredited CF Center in South Dakota. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to the care of children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis. The Center consists of numerous specialists who work together to provide care for each patient. The interdisciplinary team of pediatric pulmonologists James Wallace, MD, (Center Director and Pediatric Program Director) and Matthew C. Lundien, MD, adult pumonologists David Thomas, MD (Adult Program Director) and Susan Rohr, DO, and clinical pharmacist Stacy Peters, PharmD, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and dieticians forms the core of our center and meets regularly to assess the clinical, educational and psychosocial needs of each family and to plan and evaluate care provided.
Sanford Childrens Specialty Clinic was one of 45 centers across the nation awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Research Facilitation Award. This grant has enabled the clinic to increase participation in Cystic Fibrosis clinical trials, giving our patients the opportunity to participate locally in various Cystic Fibrosis research studies. The clinic is currently participating in three clinical trials. These studies help develop new medications and treatments needed for continued progress towards a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
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