KNOXVILLE, IA – At Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC), we are committed to providing the highest quality care and most innovative technology to care for patients with pulmonary needs. The most common pulmonary issues treated at KHC include chronic lung disease such as asthma and COPD as well as interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and pneumonia.
Skilled pulmonary specialists, Neil Horning, MD, and Angela Beckel, ARNP, are experts in finding the underlying cause of shortness of breath, chronic cough, or abnormal chest x-rays, and see patients weekly at KHC. Additionally, KHC offers a pulmonary rehabilitation program that is designed to slow down and minimize progression of the symptoms of lung disease.
One piece of technology KHC has at the facility to help patients breathe a little easier is a positive pressure ventilator. The ventilator, used to help patients breathe when they cannot breathe on their own because of a critical illness or when they are having surgery, was purchased with Health and Human Services (HHS) CARES funds.
According to KHC Respiratory Therapist Gary Woodhouse, the ventilator allows KHC the ability to assist patients who need respiratory support as well as COVID-19 patients.
“We are very fortunate to be able to provide high quality pulmonary care to our patients and the community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Woodhouse. “Receiving the latest in pulmonary technology gives us the ability to care for more patients, including those with pulmonary edema, asthma, COPD, obstructive sleep apnea, or COVID-19.”
In addition to the ventilator having the capability to be a high-flow nasal cannula, KHC also has four additional high-flow nasal cannulas that are used to treat patients. Nasal high flow therapy, a less invasive alternative to intubation and ventilation for many seriously ill patients, blows large volumes of warm, humidified oxygen into the nose and lungs helping patients breathe easier. KHC also received a ventilator from the national stockpile that is available for use.
“Having additional life-saving equipment with the latest in technology is essential in rural communities to treat our patients,” said KHC CEO Kevin Kincaid. “The community should have assurance that we have the vital resources to treat our patients and the best standard of care is readily available.”
For more information on the pulmonary services available at KHC, please visit www.knoxvillehospital.org.
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is a non-profit community hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area. Named a “Top 100 Critical Access Hospital” and voted as Best of Red Rock Area’s “Best Place to Work” and “Best Hospitality”, KHC’s highly skilled medical staff and specialists provide personal, compassionate and innovative quality health care to patients. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call Public Relations at (641) 842-1485.