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Allegheny Health Network Establishes Breathing Disorders Center at Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

 Allegheny Health Network today announced the opening of a comprehensive Breathing Disorders Center at its Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion.

Staffed by board-certified pulmonologists, registered nurse navigators, respiratory therapists and certified medical assistants, the center provides a full array of services to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of chronic breathing problems.

The center is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals living with pleural effusion, asthma, pneumonia,  pulmonary clearance problems, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary nodules, emphysema, sarcoidosis, interstitial lung disease, shortness of breath/ dyspnea, occupational lung diseases, tuberculosis, chronic cough and thromboembolic disease/blood clots. Lung cancer screening and treatment also is provided.

“Western Pennsylvania has an extremely high population of residents who live with chronic breathing problems,” said Anil Singh, MD, MPH, co-director of the center. “We’re closing the gaps that exist between the diagnosis and management processes by creating a single program that helps patients access all the resources they need to achieve optimal management of their conditions and avoid future hospitalizations.”

Dedicated nurse navigators guide patients through treatment at the center, providing highly personalized care. Navigators help patients complete pre-visit assessments and schedule any required testing. The spectrum of services at the Wexford Pavilion allows patients to conveniently schedule tests and appointments together at one location.

The nurse navigator coordinates follow up care and regularly calls the patient at home to ensure that he or she is doing well. Ongoing support helps to promptly identify any deterioration in the patient’s condition and facilitate quick interventions.

“The Breathing Disorders Center offers same-day appointments when a patient’s symptoms worsen along with intensive monitoring after any hospitalizations,” said co-director Tariq Cheema, MD. “AHN and the Breathing Disorders Center are uniquely positioned to provide our patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Our coordination and collaboration with AHN hospitals, physicians and the AHN Healthcare @ Home program is what sets us apart and supports a seamless care experience for our patients.”

In addition to Drs. Singh and Cheema, the Breathing Disorders Center is staffed by breathing specialists Eric Bihler, DO; Tiffany Dumont, MD and Marvin Balaan, MD.

The Center is located on the second floor of the Pavilion between the Radiology and Laboratory suites. To schedule an appointment at the Breathing Disorders Center, please call 866-4AHNBDC (866-424-6232).

About the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion

Located at 12311 Perry Highway in Wexford, the 175,000-square-foot Health + Wellness Pavilion was designed to transform healthcare delivery in western Pennsylvania. Driven by a patient-centered philosophy, the Pavilion provides patients and physicians with a well-organized, uniquely integrated and multidisciplinary approach to disease management, prevention and wellness.


The Pavilion offers 50 medical specialties including bariatrics, behavioral health and psychiatry, infertility treatment, foot and ankle/orthopaedic care and pediatrics. In addition to the variety of medical specialties available, patients can also find state-of-the-art physical therapy facilities, access to durable medical equipment, and amenities including a retail pharmacy, cafe and demonstration kitchen, and a staffed Austin’s playroom to provide on-site child care for parents as they attend appointments.