2014 News

Dr. Pia Hauk Named Honorary Chair for Denver Food Allergy Walk

July 29, 2014

National Jewish Health pediatric allergist Pia Hauk, MD, will serve as the Honorary Medical Chair for the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Walk in Denver on August 9, 2014. The walk brings together children with food allergies and their families to raise money and awareness for food allergy treatment and research. There are roughly 15 million Americans living with food allergies.


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Bill Gold, Phil Karsh and Eddie Robinson Receive National Jewish Health President’s Award

July 24, 2014

National Jewish Health recognized prominent Denver businessmen Bill Gold, Phil Karsh and Eddie Robinson on July 23, 2014, for more than 142 years of combined service they have contributed to National Jewish Health as directors of the institution. They each received the National Jewish Health President’s Award. Recipients of the President’s Award are prominent leaders in the national business and philanthropic communities who work to further the mission and vision of National Jewish Health.


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National Jewish Health Named #2 Respiratory Hospital in the Nation

July 14, 2014

National Jewish Health has been named the #2 respiratory hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014-15 ranking of leading hospitals in the nation. National Jewish Health has ranked #1 or #2 in the US News pulmonology rankings in all 18 years that the magazine has evaluated pulmonology care. National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Hospital have been ranked together since 2011.


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Wet Wraps Cut Need For Drugs In Kids With Eczema

July 8, 2014

The number of children with atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is on the rise. Some estimate that one in five children in the U.S. now suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition. In an effort to control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids.
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Researchers Learn How Beryllium Causes Deadly Lung Disease

July 3, 2014

Using exquisitely detailed maps of molecular shapes and the electrical charges surrounding them, researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how the metal beryllium triggers a deadly immune response in the lungs.


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National Jewish Health Provides Tele-ICU Services for Banner Health

June 30, 2014

National Jewish Health has contracted with Banner Health to provide remote, electronic intensive care services for 21 Banner Health hospitals across the Western United States. From a room on the main campus in Denver, National Jewish Health intensive-care experts use a suite of electronic resources to monitor seriously ill patients and provide guidance on their care. They join two other teams, in Phoenix and Los Angeles, on the Banner Telehealth team.


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Hospitals Complete Joint Operating Agreement

June 25, 2014

National Jewish Health, known worldwide for its treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders; Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver’s largest private teaching hospital, and its nonprofit parent, SCL Health, today announced that they have signed an operating agreement to create and jointly own a new entity that will expand and enhance high-quality, affordable health care for patients and families.


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32nd Annual Spirit of Achievement Dinner Honors Six New Mexico Citizens for Community Contributions

June 4, 2014

More than 250 people gathered on May 22 to honor six outstanding New Mexicans for their contributions of time, talents and resources at the 32nd annual New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Awards Dinner. The event was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Albuquerque and raised more than $45,000 for the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health, bringing the amount raised since the inception of the dinner to well over $1 million.


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‘Cocktails with Class’ Raises More Than $40,000 for Chronically Ill Students at Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health

May 29, 2014

More than 200 people attending the inaugural Cocktails with Class on May 17 raised over $40,000 to benefit the Morgridge Academy, a free, unique kindergarten through eighth-grade day school for chronically ill children located on the campus of National Jewish Health. Cocktails with Class guests enjoyed panoramic views of the Denver skyline from DaVita World Headquarters’ spacious penthouse terrace, 14 stories above the 16th Street Mall.


 


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Clinical Trial Results Signal an Advance for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

May 29, 2014

DENVER - After a string of failed clinical trials in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the results from studies of two experimental medications signal progress in the treatment of this deadly disease, according to researchers at National Jewish Health and around the nation. The trial results were presented May 18 at the 2014 American Thoracic Society annual conference and simultaneously published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Los Angeles Real Estate and Financial Services Industries Raise More Than $100,000 for Nation’s Leading Respiratory Hospital

May 21, 2014

The 22nd annual Los Angeles Real Estate and Financial Services Breath of Life Golf Classic on May 5 raised more than $100,000 for the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health. The tournament has raised more than $1 million for National Jewish Health since its inception.

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Vitamin D Fails to Help Asthma Patients

May 19, 2014

Researchers at National Jewish Health and across the nation found that supplemental vitamin D did not help patients with low vitamin D blood levels and symptomatic asthma.
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New York AIR Society Raises More Than $400,000 for Nation’s Leading Respiratory Hospital, National Jewish Health

May 14, 2014

Nearly 500 people gathered for the 23rd annual New York AIR Society “The Sky’s The Limit” benefit held at 4 World Trade Center on May 1 to honor Alliance Building Services President Michael Rodriguez. First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and professional skier Jake Cohn spoke at the event, which raised more than $400,000 for the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health.
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National Jewish Health Named Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence

April 30, 2014

National Jewish Health has been selected as a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. The designation signifies that the National Jewish Health program implements screening in a safe, responsible, effective and equitable manner.


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‘Cocktails with Class’ Event Will Benefit the Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health

April 24, 2014

National Jewish Health will bring together local mixologists, craft brewers and some of the area’s best restaurants at Cocktails with Class on May 17 in the penthouse of DaVita World Headquarters. The inaugural event will benefit the Morgridge Academy, a free, unique kindergarten through eighth-grade day school for chronically ill children, located on the campus of National Jewish Health.

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National Jewish Health Welcomes First Steps at Regulation of E-Cigarettes

April 24, 2014

National Jewish Health welcomes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) initial efforts to protect the health of Americans, especially young people, by regulating e-cigarettes as well as other tobacco products. The FDA’s proposed rules appear to be a good first step at asserting authority over e-cigarettes’ production, sales and marketing, but more stringent regulation will be needed in the future.


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‘Beneficial inflammation’ May Promote Healing in Pulmonary Fibrosis

April 23, 2014

Contrary to conventional wisdom, new research suggests a little inflammation may promote healing in scarring lung disease.
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Spirit of Achievement Awards Dinner Honors Six Outstanding New Mexico Citizens

April 15, 2014

On May 22, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health, will honor six New Mexico citizens for their contributions of time, talents and resources to the New Mexico community. They will be recognized during the 32nd annual New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel Albuquerque. This year’s honorees are: Joanne Fine, retired chief communications officer, United Way of Central New Mexico; William, Thomas and Michael Keleher, all of the law firm Keleher & McLeod; and race car driving legend Al Unser, Sr., and his wife, Susan, founders of the Unser Racing Museum and the Unser Discovery Campus.


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New York Financial Industry Leaders Raise Nearly $500,000 for Nation’s Leading Respiratory Hospital, National Jewish Health

April 10, 2014

National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, welcomed more than 600 leaders of New York’s financial industry, who raised nearly $500,000 for the institution at the 37th annual Financial Industries Dinner at the New York Hilton. William “Bill” D. Brewer of Winston and Strawn LLP was honored during the event. Brewer is the co-chair and practice group leader of the firm’s global finance practice and head of the firm’s New York finance practice. New York 
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AIR Society Benefit at 4 World Trade Center Honors Michael A. Rodriguez, President of Alliance Building Services

April 9, 2014

Michael Rodriguez, president of Alliance Building Services and one of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40, will be honored at the May 1 AIR Society “The Sky’s The Limit” cocktail party benefit at 4 World Trade Center. The party, which supports groundbreaking research and treatment at National Jewish Health, features an open bar, guest DJ, dancing and a live auction. Tickets to the event are $500 each, or $200 each for professionals age 30 and younger, and are available online at airsociety.org.



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‘HOOPS & Hoopla’ Raises More Than $100,000 for Chronically Ill Students at Morgridge Academy on the National Jewish Health Campus

April 8, 2014

More than $100,000 was raised at the 11th annual HOOPS & Hoopla event presented by Greiner Electric on April 5. Proceeds of the event support the Morgridge Academy, a free school for chronically ill children located on the National Jewish Health campus. More than 350 people attended the event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, which featured a viewing party for college basketball semi-final championship games, arcade games, interactive challenges and a silent auction.

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FDA Approves Nation's First Prescription-Strength Tablet To Treat Hay Fever Allergies

April 1, 2014

For the first time in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of daily tablets to treat hay fever, particularly allergies to grass and ragweed pollen.
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Bestselling Author and Local News Anchor Lead Event to Support Nation’s Leading Respiratory Hospital

March 18, 2014

New York Times bestselling author Heidi Hanna, PhD, and Felicia Rodriguez, news anchor for WPBF 25, teamed up March 4 at the New Directions for Women’s Health Luncheon to help raise more than $60,000 for National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital. Rodriguez, the event’s emcee, introduced Dr. Hanna, who offered tips for improving health by controlling stress. Nearly 200 people attended the luncheon at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.

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As E-Cigarette Bans Take Effect In U.S. Cities, Doctors Call For National Measures To Protect Children

March 17, 2014

In one year, middle and high school students who tried e-cigarettes doubled to nearly two million. While major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have taken steps to ban the use of e-cigarettes in most public places, national authorities have done little to keep them out of the hands of children.
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Tips for Avoiding Insomnia and Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

February 28, 2014

For those who battle occasional insomnia, Jack Edinger, PhD, professor in the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health recommends the following tips to get your sleep back on track.


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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2014 Annual Meeting

February 28, 2014

National Jewish Health faculty will make dozens of presentations, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, Feb. 28 through March 4 on topics ranging from DNA methylation in asthma, to allergies to implanted joints, living with food allergies and allergen immunotherapy. Below are a few highlights. 


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More Than $2 Million Raised to Benefit National Jewish Health at Beaux Arts Ball Presented by Morgridge Family Foundation

February 27, 2014

Over $2 million was raised for National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, at the sold-out 2014 Beaux Arts Ball presented by Morgridge Family Foundation on February 22. More than 1,200 people attended the Roaring ’20s “Gatsby” themed black-tie event at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.
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Financial Industry Leaders Honor William D. Brewer, Winston & Strawn LLP, March 18

February 26, 2014

More than 700 business leaders will gather for the 37th annual Financial Industries Dinner on March 18 to honor William “Bill” D. Brewer of Winston and Strawn LLP. Brewer is the co-chair and practice group leader of the firm’s global finance practice and head of the firm’s New York finance practice. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health.
More than 700 business leaders will gather for the 37th annual Financial Industries Dinner on March 18 to honor William “Bill” D. Brewer of Winston and Strawn LLP. Brewer is the co-chair and practice group leader of the firm’s global finance practice and head of the firm’s New York finance practice. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health.
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Study Seeks to Improve Asthma Therapy for African Americans

February 25, 2014

Researchers, led by Michael E. Wechsler, MD, at National Jewish Health, are launching a multi-center study, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, to determine the best add-on therapy for uncontrolled asthma in African Americans. 
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Forty National Jewish Health Physicians Listed as 'Best Doctors' by the Denver Business Journal

February 25, 2014

Denver, CO – Forty National Jewish Health physicians in pulmonary medicine, allergy and immunology, other related specialties including pediatric allergy and immunology have been named “Denver 2014 Best Doctors” by the Denver Business Journal.
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The Nose Knows in Asthma

February 19, 2014

Genetic Profiles Obtained from Nasal Passages Could Guide Individualized Therapy and Research
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Sold Out - 2014 Beaux Arts Ball Presented by the Morgridge Family Foundation

February 14, 2014

2014 Beaux Arts Ball Sells Out
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Four Couples Honored February 22 at National Jewish Health Beaux Arts Ball Presented by the Morgridge Family Foundation

February 10, 2014

National Jewish Health Honors Four Grand Marshal Couples at February 22 2014 Beaux Arts Ball
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National Jewish Health Pulmonologist Gregory Cosgrove, MD, Named Chief Medical Officer of Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network and Patient Registry

February 5, 2014

Gregory P. Cosgrove, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer of the recently announced Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s (PFF) Care Center Network and Patient Registry.
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Nationally Acclaimed Author Will Discuss How to Recognize and Manage Stress at March 4 Luncheon in Boca Raton

January 28, 2014

Women may be addicted to stress because of the ever-increasing demands for their time and energy, according to Heidi Hanna, PhD, bestselling author and health consultant. Dr. Hanna will identify the effects of stress on women’s health and describe ways to combat it at the New Directions for Women Health Luncheon on March 4 at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The luncheon benefits National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital and a pioneer in personalized medicine for heart and lung diseases. 

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Colorado Snowboarders Dedicate Sochi Journey to Students at the Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health

January 21, 2014

Colorado natives, Taylor and Arielle Gold, recently named to the United States halfpipe snowboarding team, are dedicating their journey to Sochi to the children at the Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health, the nation's leading respiratory hospital. The Morgridge Academy is a unique, free day school for chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades.
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$2.9 Million Raised to Benefit National Jewish Health at 44th Annual “A Winter’s Evening”

January 14, 2014

Leaders in the real estate and construction industries honored prominent New Yorkers Klara and Larry Silverstein at “A Winter’s Evening” dinner dance on Saturday, Dec. 14, which raised $2.9 million for National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health. 
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Critical Care Conference Features Ultrasound Track

January 13, 2014

Nationally recognized experts in critical care medicine will lead interactive workshops and lectures at the Critical Care Conference, February 4-8, 2014, in Keystone, CO. A hands-on ultrasound track will be one highlight of the conference. 
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MTB Complex Drug Susceptibility Grant

January 6, 2014

National Jewish Health Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories has been selected to evaluate first- and second-line drug-susceptibility testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC ), the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB).
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