If you build it, they will come.
While that line was a pop-culture catchphrase from the movie "Field of Dreams," it has become an accurate representation of the growth that has occurred in Crawford County Memorial Hospital's Specialty Clinic since moving to a new building with increased clinical space and efficiencies built into the department.
After announcing more oncology and orthopaedic offerings in the last 6 months, the Specialty Clinic is now pleased to provide a new Pulmonology Clinic.
"We've been working for several years to get a regular Pulmonology Clinic back at CCMH, and we're excited to once again fill this need for the patients we serve," said Marcy Larson, RN, BSN, Specialty Clinic Manager.
Larson notes that two Sioux City-based pulmonologists, Dr. Jitendrakumar Gupta and Dr. Fadi Hammoudeh, have begun seeing patients at CCMH on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The two pulmonologists will develop a rotating schedule when seeing patients.
Dr. Gupta has been a physician at Pulmonary Associates in Sioux City since 2003. After attending medical school in India, he completed an Internal Medicine residency at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York. He then went on to complete a Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Gupta is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care) and also the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Hammoudeh recently joined Dr. Gupta in practice in 2011. He received his medical degree in the country of Jordan before moving to New York to complete a residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. He also completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Larson says that patients interested in seeing either of the pulmonologists at CCMH will need a physician referral first.
"Many times there are certain tests - such as chest x-rays or pulmonary function tests - that the pulmonologist will want done ahead of the time he sees the patient," said Larson. "That's why it's important that a potential patient work through his/her family medicine provider to secure the appointment."
For more information about additional offerings through the CCMH Specialty Clinic, go to www.ccmhia.com and click on the "Specialty Clinics" link.