New Riverside-based Lung Institute is Florida’s largest in pulmonologists

New Riverside-based Lung Institute is Florida’s largest in pulmonologists
Cuting the ribbon at the opening of the new Lung Institute in The Betsy Lovett Center were Michael Morrical, Jane Lanier, Dr. Jose Soto-Soto, Estrellita Redmon, Betsy Lovett, Dr. Abdallah Kafrouni and Dr. Huson Gilberstadt

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, now Ascension St. Vincent’s, took another great step in fighting lung disease by opening the St. Vincent’s Lung Institute. A dedication and an open house were held March 28 in the Betsy Lovett Center in the Dillon Building on Shircliff Way.

The Lung, Sleep and Critical Care Center at St. Vincent’s originally used the services of North Florida Chest Physicians and of Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates until 2011 when St. Vincent’s acquired North Florida Chest Physicians. Over the next seven years, more physicians and advanced practice clinicians were added, then in 2018, St. Vincent’s acquired Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates, allowing the Lung Institute to be formally established. Now there are over 100 physicians, nurse practitioners and advance practice clinicians in the group.

The Lung Institute was funded in part by donors to St. Vincent’s Foundation, with Betsy Lovett providing the lead gift. This gift named the new institute, which has the largest number of pulmonologists in the state of Florida, providing care, healing and research for St. Vincent’s patients, according to Jane Lanier, CFRE, president and chief development officer for St.Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation. “This is a place that’s going to help so many people, and it’s filled with light and hope,” said Lanier at the dedication.

The new office is more than an expansion of the practice, originally located in the DePaul Building. By conducting research studies in pulmonary disease states, St. Vincent’s Lung, Sleep and Critical Care was able to change its name to St. Vincent’s Lung Institute. 

The only way it can be called an institute is to actively participate in research, said Dr. Estrellita Redmon, president, St. Vincent’s Medical Group and Clinical Integration, at the dedication. “This is our first step toward raising awareness for what the Lung Institute can do.”

There are 12 exam rooms allowing patients to see a pulmonary specialist on an outpatient basis for health issues that include COPD, asthmas, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, sleep apnea, lung nodules and masses.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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