Celebrating 25 years of care for adults and children with asthma and related diseases
Christina Schissel, Dr. Scott Schissel,
Dr. Robert Tarpy and Michele Tarpy
at the Partners Asthma Center
25th anniversary celebration
The 25th anniversary celebration brought together medical providers, asthma patients and representatives from industry and governmental and non-governmental organizations, all of whom are committed to improving asthma care and to one day finding a means of prevention and cure. Honorees included Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, a hospitalist at BWH and BWFH and nominee for U.S. surgeon general; Stacey Chacker, director of the Asthma Regional Council of New England, and Frank Twarog, MD, PhD, president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s New England Chapter, who were recognized for their contributions to asthma and preventive medical care. Special guests included Felix Arroyo, chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston; Stanley Ashley, MD, BWH’s chief medical officer; and Timothy Ferris, MD, MPH, vice president for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. Among the BWFH physicians in attendance were Partners Asthma Center members Scott Schissel, MD, PhD, and Robert Tarpy, MD. Director Dr. Christopher Hardy Fanta says, "It was a thrill to bring together in celebration so many people dedicated to improving asthma care."
What began in 1989 as a partnership between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and what was then Beth Israel Hospital evolved over the years into a group of physicians, nurse educators and pulmonary function technicians practicing together under the Partners HealthCare name to provide the finest possible care for both adults and children with asthma and related diseases. Dr. Fanta says of his colleagues, "We are a team of physicians dedicated to improving the lives of persons with asthma. Through our collaboration, we can constantly share ideas with one another. And we have created a wealth of educational materials for our patients that we can share at all of our different practice sites."
In fact, education is a huge part of Partners Asthma Center’s mission. The group has published the book Partners Asthma Center’s Guide to Asthma, which is available in English and Spanish and as a downloadable e-book. They also distribute educational pamphlets, peak flow meters and spacers to patients. And, at www.asthma.partners.org, patients, caregivers and healthcare providers can find still more informative resources. "We are committed to the concept of the patient as an active participant in care, and that’s why we place such emphasis on sharing information with our patients," says Dr. Fanta. "Armed with accurate information, the patient or parent of a child with asthma can make good choices for self-care." The Center even offers online courses for allied health professionals at its e-learning site www.asthmalearning.org.