Arizona Respiratory Center Receives $100,000 from Community Partners to Improve the Lives of People with Complex Respiratory Needs
Private, corporate and civic contributions are helping to fund the Southwest Ventilation Program (SVP), a new initiative at the Arizona Respiratory Center to help people with complex respiratory and neuromuscular conditions maintain their breathing.
Thousands of people in the Southwest depend on assistive interventions, such as mechanical ventilators, artificial airways and airway clearance devices, to breathe. These individuals include: adults with debilitating lung disease such as cystic fibrosis and advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); children born with rare disorders; and people of all ages with neuromuscular problems such as muscular dystrophy and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Thousands more will develop a need for breathing assistance as a result of disease, traumatic injuries and surgeries.
Recognizing the need for a comprehensive ventilation program in our region, the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, reached out to the community to help fund the Southwest Ventilation Program.
The SVP will provide comprehensive family-centered care and support services to people throughout the Southwest with complex respiratory and neuromuscular conditions. The SVP also will serve as a regional resource for medical professionals through consultation, education, training and research advances.
To commemorate their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary, local residents Katherine and Dabney Altaffer made a gift to the SVP through the University of Arizona Foundation. The Altaffer family has been involved in respiratory health issues for many years and understands the importance of having a ventilation facility in our region.
Recognizing the tremendous benefit to their friends and neighbors in the community, Jim and Vicki Click enthusiastically support the SVP through donations from the Click Family Foundation.
In addition, donations received from the Old Pueblo Civitan Club exemplify their commitment to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with disabilities.
"We are tremendously grateful to community partners for providing the support needed to launch this important new program," says Wayne Morgan, MD, associate director of the Arizona Respiratory Center and UA professor of pediatrics and physiology. "The Southwest Ventilation Program will help improve the quality of life for so many people throughout our region and will be an asset to our community for many years to come."
The SVP medical team will include specially trained adult and pediatric physicians and nurses, a respiratory therapist, social worker, physical therapist and nutritionist.
The Arizona Respiratory Center was designated the first Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine in 1971. Today, the internationally known Center combines the highest caliber of research, clinical care and teaching. The Center is recognized as one of the top institutions for respiratory care.