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Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine Department 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 Sleep Disorder Center is the only sleep center in the North Central Washington region accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine with experience in diagnosing and managing a wide range of sleep disorders since 2004. Achieving accreditation demonstrates commitment to providing patients with the highest quality of care for further sleep disorders.

Our Sleep Disorder Center is supervised by a board certified sleep physician. We use a multidisciplinary approach involving sleep specialists, pulmonologists, neurologists, ear nose and throat (ENT) specialists, psychiatrists, and dentists to diagnose and treat problems related to excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, difficulty sleeping/insomnia, headaches in the morning, and difficult to treat hypertension, which could be due to obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep related problem.

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, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep 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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