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Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with illnesses that affect the lungs, breathing, and sleep.

Our specialists diagnose and treat diseases such as: Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis/chronic cough, lung cancer including lung cancer screening with low dose CT scans, acute and chronic respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, sleep disorder such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy, lung infections, interstitial lung disease/lung fibrosis, and tobacco smoking cessation.

Our specialists collaborate with multiple specialties to provide highly specialized and compassionate care for patients with lung cancer including working with thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and interventional radiology.

Our specialists have close ties to the University of Washington to provide localized care of highly complex lung problems including cystic fibrosis, pre-lung transplantation evaluation, post-lung transplantation care, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension.

Our comprehensive pulmonary function test laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that allows for accurate lung function measurement by a certified respiratory therapist. Services provided include complete pulmonary function testing, Methacholine challenge testing, 6 minute walk testing of oxygen saturation during walking, arterial blood gas (ABG) testing, alpha-1 antitrypsin testing, overnight oxygen saturation testing, and education/demonstration on inhaler use techniques.

Services provided by the Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine Department:

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic flexible bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Pulmonary function laboratory
  • Sleep disorders Center including in lab polysomnography and Home sleep apnea testing
  • Critical care in the ICU at Central Washington Hospital
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation program at Central Washington Hospital
  • Low-dose CT scan screening for lung cancer
  • Inhaler use demonstration and education
  • Navigational bronchoscopy (anticipated 2017)
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