Denver-based National Jewish Health is the number one respiratory hospital in the United States for the treatment of lung, heart, and immune diseases and for ground breaking medical research. National Jewish Health was founded in 1899 as a non-profit hospital. It is the only hospital worldwide that is dedicated exclusively to these three medical conditions. National Jewish Health was ranked the number one respiratory hospital in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report.
The physicians and researchers at National Jewish Health embrace a personalized, preventive approach to medicine. They understand that each person is unique and that they vary in their diets, environment, personal habits, and DNA, which all influence their health.
The researchers at National Jewish Health are looking at environment-gene interaction. They are making great strides in predicting, preventing, treating, and tracking many diseases. What this means is that if you have a disease or the probability of getting a disease, it may be detected sooner. By detecting it sooner, it may be curable, allowing you to live a long, healthy life. This hospital is working hard to improve healthcare for the future.
They want to use a person’s DNA to:
- Predict and prevent diseases
- Guide to the right choice of therapy to limit side effects.
- Bring higher success rates for treatments
- To be able to track the effect of these therapies
National Jewish Health’s focus is to remain a leader in the cardiac and respiratory health, and immune diseases. They began serving a great number of destitute individuals in 1899 that were suffering from consumption (Tuberculosis). They came to Denver because of the supposed increased occurrence of respiratory diseases. Since the first patient was admitted over one hundred years ago, National Jewish Health has expanded to include many respiratory diseases, immunologic, and other related diseases.
In addition to being named the number one respiratory hospital, it is also the number one pediatric respiratory hospital. In the 2010 ranking of Denver-area physicians, twenty-one physicians were named “Top Doc” by 5280 magazine. Also in 2010, twelve physicians were named the best in the entire nation in “American Top Doctors” published by Castle Connolly.
National Jewish Hospital was issued a U.S. patent for detecting hives. This can assure patients that a dramatic change in their lifestyle is not needed to treat their condition. They also do clinical trials for people who have asthma, COPD, allergy, eczema, ILD, cystic fibrosis, and much more.