National Jewish Health, Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital Announce Clinical Affiliation

NJH to provide medical directorships and clinical protocols to long-term acute-care patients

Building on a shared desire to bring the highest level of critical and acute care to patients with respiratory diseases and other complex medical illnesses, Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital and National Jewish Health (NJH) have developed a clinical affiliation that brings National Jewish Health expertise in respiratory and critical care to patients at Colorado Acute.

"Colorado Acute is an outstanding facility known for the care it provides to patients with complex illness and injury," said Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital CEO Ken Noteboom. "We look to expand on our existing strengths in wound care and rehabilitation as we broaden our offerings to respiratory patients."

On January 1, National Jewish Health physicians began providing leadership to the medical staff at Colorado Acute. Working collaboratively with the medical staff and clinicians of Colorado Acute, National Jewish Health also began implementing its highly regarded clinical protocols for pulmonary care. Colorado Acute plans to increase the number of pulmonary procedures and diagnostic services performed in the facility. The hospital has recently completed several renovations and is making additional capital investments in pulmonary equipment.

"We are pleased to bring our respiratory and critical care expertise to the patients at Colorado Acute," said Steve Frankel, MD, Chief of Critical Care and Hospital Medicine for National Jewish Health.

National Jewish Health physician Kenneth E. Lyn-Kew, MD, will serve as general medical director for Colorado Acute.  Dr. Lyn-Kew is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.  He holds memberships with several clinical societies including the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Educated at St. Louis University and Boston College, Dr. Lyn-Kew completed his Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University and a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at University of Michigan.  His research interests include interventional and bedside technologies in the intensive care setting.

Joshua J. Solomon, MD, will serve as medical director for the pulmonary program at Colorado Acute.  Dr. Solomon is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree from Emory University, completed an internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Colorado Denver.  His research interests include Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis, particularly in relationship to Autoimmune Disease.

About Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital

Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital is a 63-bed hospital in Denver, Colorado, providing high acuity care for patients requiring intensive medical, nursing, respiratory and therapy services. The hospital focuses on meeting the needs of all its partners in care, including the referring physician, the patient and the patient's family. Renovated in early 2008 to include all private rooms, the hospital offers specialized bariatric rooms, a 10-bed intensive care unit, in-house radiology and CT scanner, in-house pharmacy and a surgical procedure room. Colorado Acute is accredited by The Joint Commission, is Medicare certified, and is part of the LifeCare family of hospitals, which includes 20 specialty acute care hospitals in nine states. To learn more about our facilities, visit us on the Web at www.lifecare-hospitals.com, or contact us at (303) 264-6900 for intake and admissions information.

About National Jewish Health

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation. National Jewish Health faculty staff and manage the intensive care units at Swedish and Rose medical centers. It also provides hospitalist care at Rose.


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