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Asthma Reference Guide


Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix, AZ       

Phoenix Children’s Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.



Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach        

Long Beach, CA                


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center         

Los Angeles, CA                



National Jewish Health        

Denver, CO        



Children’s National Medical Center           

Washington, DC

Children’s National sees about 1% of all national visits to the emergency department for asthma. The IMPACT DC asthma clinic has done amazing work in changing the way asthma is treated in the emergency department, through follow up care with PCPs, and through use of mobile technology.



Baptist Health South Florida           

Miami, FL           


All Children’s Hospital 

St. Petersburg, FL            

Physician experts include Dr. Jeffrey Ewig as well as Dr. Seifu Demissie. Asthma is a focus of the pediatric pulmonology physicians in conjunction with pediatric emergency care physicians and the pediatric intensive care unit physicians. All Children’s Hospital also hosted statewide asthma education sessions for healthcare providers looking to improve the information they provide to patients and families.



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital 

Chicago, IL         

In 2010 and 2011, the Ann & Robert H. Laurie Children’s Hospital was recognized as a Top Performer in The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ program for improving care for children with asthma.               


Rush University Medical Center      

Chicago, IL         



Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health  

Indianapolis, IN                              



Kosair Children's Hospital    

Louisville, KY    

Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky., is ranked in the top 50 by US news and World Report. The rate of asthma is particularly high in the Ohio River Valley Region. http://www.kosairchildrenshospital.com/pulmonary-services


The University of Maryland Children's Hospital

Baltimore, MD 

The University of Maryland Children's Hospital is the first pediatric hospital on the East Coast to receive a certificate of distinction from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for its treatment of children with asthma.                



North Carolina Children's Hospital             

N.C. Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country for children with respiratory disorders. In fact, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UNC’s pediatric pulmonology program as one of the top 10 in the nation four out of the past six years in their annual “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” issue.        


Duke Medical Center           

Durham, NC      

Duke is ranked well by U.S. News & World Reports for pediatric asthma.              


Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center          

Winston-Salem, NC                       



Little Sisters of the Assumption (Ray Lopez, featured in Dateline story)

New York, NY

The Environmental Health and Family Asthma programs at the East Harlem-based nonprofit, Little Sisters of Assumption Family Health Service (LSA), work with low-income NYC residents, free of charge, directly in their own apartments to assess and identify factors -- like mold, moisture, toxins, crumbling walls -- contributing to a poor quality indoor air environment so often found in neighborhoods like East Harlem.  LSA also offers home-visiting nurses who provide free treatment and guidance in managing asthma symptoms while LSA's team of community health workers remediates or eliminates unhealthful conditions in the home. Working in tandem, the home-visiting community health workers and nurses help clients significantly mitigate asthma triggers and symptoms and reduce missed school/work days and emergency room visits.  The non-profit also provides community workshops and works with each family to teach them how to address the particular issues that triggering asthma in their home without adding harsh toxins, cleansers or pesticides to the indoor environment.  When necessary, they will advocate on behalf of a family with landlords or building owners regarding repairs or mold remediation. 


A.I.R. Harlem

New York, NY

A.I.R. Harlem stands for asthma intervention and relief, and was created to help asthmatic children stay healthy, in school, and out of the hospital.


New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

New York, NY

Programs offered at the hospital include the Emergency Department-based patient navigator program (http://nyp.org/services/ed-patient-navigator.html), the Washington Heights/Inwood-Best Asthma Care of Kids (WINBACK) program where patients are recruited from the  ED (http://nyp.org/services/acn-outreach-win-back.html), and the Washington Heights/Inwood for Asthma (WIN for Asthma) program where patients are recruited from the clinics within the Ambulatory Care Network, the ED, and the community providers (http://nyp.org/services/acn-outreach-win-for-asthma.html).


New York, NY

RESPIRAR (which means “to breathe” in Spanish) is an initiative led by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Lincoln Medical Center in partnership with the community stakeholders to tackle asthma in the Bronx. The goal of RESPIRAR is to improve the healthcare of Bronx residents suffering from asthma by ensuring patients receive quality asthma care consistent with the latest clinical guidelines; providing patients with culturally and linguistically sensitive asthma education; improving patient access to asthma care, referral services and resources; and working with community partners and other stakeholders to address larger systemic issues impacting Bronx asthmatics including asthma-related issues in schools, housing, and the environment.


New York Hospital

Queens, NY

New York Hospital Queens will unveil a newly renovated pediatric mobile asthma unit that will provide treatment directly to children at Riis Settlement in Long Island City. A comprehensive health care team, including a pulmonologist, pediatrician, respiratory therapist and social worker, from the Pediatric Asthma Center at New York Hospital Queens will staff  the mobile asthma unit in January 2014.


The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center    

Long Branch, NJ


Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center          




Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center      

Cincinnati, OH 

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s pulmonary medicine division was just ranked number two in the nation in the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals ranking.


The Cleveland Clinic 

Cleveland, OH  



Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Pittsburgh, PA                 


Allegheny General Hospital 

Pittsburgh, PA 

Dr. Deborah Gentile and Dr. David Skoner of Allegheny General Hospital are leaders in the treatment of pediatric asthma. Their current and past research has involved poorly-controlled asthma in inner-city kids, wheezing in young children, the effect of steroids on growth and allergic rhinitis leading to asthma. Dr. Skoner’s comprehensive review of the effects of inhaled corticosteroids on growth will be published in the September issue of Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. They speak to school children about asthma, conduct athletic clinics and screen inner-city kids at community centers.



Hasbro Children's Hospital  

Providence, RI

Hasbro Children’s Hospital provides a comprehensive set of programs to enhance asthma outcomes in children across the state. Their programs involve clinical, educational and research efforts and state-of the art approaches. Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialize in pediatric asthma disparities; ensuring that they address the multi-level contributing factors to asthma morbidity in children through their clinical, educational and research efforts.      



Baylor Lung Care Center at Baylor University Medical Center    

Dallas, TX           

Baylor University Medical Center has one of the most comprehensive evaluation, treatment and educational programs for older children and adolescents in North Texas. 


Texas Children's Hospital       

Houston, TX      

Texas Children's Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the nation, is a leader in pediatric asthma and other pediatric pulmonary issues as well.



Further reading: 'Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic'