Breathing… just happens. It’s not something most of us think about. Nor, is it something for which we’re necessarily grateful. We take it for granted.

People with pulmonary disorders don’t. They appreciate each breath because they know how hard it can be to breathe. Many suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a group of diseases that causes blockage to the airflow and breathing-related problems. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and some forms of asthma fall into this category. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.

Sometimes referred to as the “frequent fliers” of the emergency room, pulmonary patients are often in and out of the hospital, suffering from shortness of breath and other symptoms. COPD has become an epidemic.

Recognizing this problem, local businesses have partnered to offer patients convenient access to pulmonary specialists during the evening hours, without an appointment. The Healthy You Wellness Center’s goal is to reduce hospital admissions and readmissions, noting that this improved access can help decrease or eliminate the burdens of the patient’s disease. Patients with sudden onset of a pulmonary problem or who need follow-up after being discharged from the hospital no longer need to wait for a doctor’s appointment.

The first of its kind in New York State, this wellness center focuses on patient care for respiratory disease management. Patients are able to receive services including assessment, treatment and management for chronic conditions such as COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and asthma. People experiencing flu or cold symptoms, allergies and sinus infections can also stop by, without an appointment, and receive quality treatment from a pulmonary specialist.

As an added offering, respiratory therapists and nurses will conduct educational seminars and screenings on-site, with a focus on disease prevention and education.

This advanced patient care with convenient access allows pulmonary patients to live home and live well.

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Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC, Kinney Drugs and Franciscan partnered in the Healthy You Wellness Center located inside Kinney Drugs at 104 Lafayette Road, Syracuse. For more information, call 315-492-0248.