For 116 Years, the Leading Respiratory Hospital in the Nation

National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded 116 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care.

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A Few Facts About Asthma

  • Asthma affects more than 34 million Americans, nearly 9.6 million of whom are children, making asthma the most common chronic childhood illness.

  • Asthma prevalence has increased 75 percent in the last 20 years, and continues to rise, especially in children.

  • Asthma is the third ranking cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15; it is the first ranking cause among chronic conditions.

  • Asthma is the number one cause of school absences attributed to a chronic condition – more than 14 million school days are missed every year as a result of asthma.

  • Direct health care costs for asthma in the United States total more than $30 billion annually. More than 3,400 adults and 250 children in the United States die each year from asthma.


Unique Education Programs and Services

National Jewish Health is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in research and care. Through fellowships, lectures and publications, our facility have provided knowledge based for tens of thousands of professionals around the globe.  In addition, we offer a variety of unique programs for consumers, including 
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Contact Information

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