The Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute will celebrate its first year of treating patients by officially opening a new, state-of-the-art practice on Oct 21. The location, on the fifth floor of 10 E 102nd Street, has been completely renovated and updated with exam rooms and treatment suites designed specifically for diagnosing and treating respiratory diseases. Spacious waiting areas and comfortable consultation offices enhance the patient experience.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, based in Manhattan, launched the Respiratory Institute last year in partnership with National Jewish Health, which is based in Denver. The partnership creates an integrated program for the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory illnesses, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). Since the Respiratory Institute’s launch, patients were seen in two separate temporary locations on Mount Sinai’s main campus in Manhattan.

“One in four Americans suffers from a serious, chronic ,or life-threatening respiratory disease, making the need for excellent patient care and cutting-edge research crucial. The new home for The Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute will facilitate the best possible care for patients suffering from Asthma, COPD, and other lung diseases,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System, in a release.

“When the Respiratory Institute launched last year, we saw an immediate increase in patients seeking the excellent care that comes from this partnership,” says Michael Salem, MD, President and CEO of National Jewish Health. “The new space enhances our ability to share our expertise and innovations with more patients in the New York region and beyond.”

Patients from around the New York region and beyond come to the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute for expert respiratory care. In its first full year of operations, the Respiratory Institute recorded about 18,000 patient visits, significantly more than were seen previously by the respiratory services at Mount Sinai and well beyond initial expectations for the Institute.

National Jewish Health is the only institution in the nation dedicated to research and treatment of respiratory diseases for both adults and children. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is ranked among the top medical schools in the United States and is the medical education and research hub for the Mount Sinai Health System, one of the largest not-for-profit, multi-site Health Care Systems in the country.

The Respiratory Institute uses an interdisciplinary approach developed by National Jewish Health in its outpatient programs. Pulmonologists collaborate with specialists in related disciplines, including cardiology, allergy, gastroenterology, rheumatology, ENT, and thoracic surgery, to provide team-based, patient-centered care. The Respiratory Institute also draws on Mount Sinai’s programs in personalized medicine, genomics, and data-driven clinical protocols to enhance the quality and outcomes of the respiratory disease practice.

“We are pleased with see the progress already made in our collaboration with National Jewish Health. As the Respiratory Institute moves into its new, permanent home, we look forward to seeing further advances in respiratory care in both New York City and throughout the country, from disease management to education and research,” says Charles Powell, MD, Janice and Coleman Rabin Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, System Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute.

The Respiratory Institute is led by Powell and Louis DePalo, MD, clinical director of the Respiratory Institute and Sarah and Eric Lane Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Physicians at the Respiratory Institute first began seeing patients in January 2015 and are now accepting outside referrals and new patients.