DONOR SPOTLIGHT


JUNE 2020

In this issue

SPOTLIGHT

COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE AT ITS FINEST

Dr. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP

CHEST PAST PRESIDENT, D. ROBERT MCCAFFREE, MD, MASTER FCCP, LEADS BY EXAMPLE OVER 40-YEAR CAREER

Can a community service award represent a set of career defining principles? Can it motivate others to be more altruistic and embody one’s commitment to social responsibility?

It certainly can, and if you’re referring to the CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP, it absolutely does.

On its surface, the award seems simple enough – it recognizes clinicians who do good in their communities. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll realize that “simple” isn’t part of the equation at all…

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COVID-19 SHEDS LIGHT ON IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY SERVICE GRANTS

As COVID-19 continues to impact every aspect of our daily lives, the importance of our community service work has become more apparent than ever before.

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FINDING THE RIGHT OXYGEN AND DELIVERY SYSTEM CAN BE CHALLENGING

Imagine having your freedom taken away because you were prescribed the wrong medical equipment. Unfortunately, that’s the reality that so many oxygen-dependent patients face on a daily basis.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONE PATIENT AT A TIME

On a hot summer day in Chicago, the Daley Plaza was littered with booths from the CHEST Foundation’s Lung Health Experience event – each one manned buy a nurse, respiratory therapist, or pulmonologist ready to perform complimentary spirometry tests.

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YOUR CHEST FOUNDATION: SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES DURING COVID-19

The entire world has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, yet many of our most vulnerable continue to suffer in silence. The CHEST Foundation is diligently working to help give voice to these all-too-often isolated and forgotten patients.

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  • Champions Circle Annual Fund Giving Club donors

    Champion’s Circle is the CHEST Foundation’s annual giving club that recognizes our most committed donors in a calendar year, January 1 – December 31, 2020. The donor list below is recognized from January 1st – June 1, 2020.

    CHEST FOUNDATION FOUNDER AND HONORARY PATRON

    Bart Chernow, MD, Master FCCP and Peggy Chernow

    LIFE MEMBERS

    Amy Addrizzo, RN
    Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP and Loren J. Harris, MD, FCCP
    W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA, Master FCCP and Debra Alberts
    John C. Alexander Jr., MD, MBA, FCCP and Carol C. Alexander
    Adel Bassily-Marcus, MD, FCCP and Ginger J. Gardner, MD
    Sidney S. Braman, MD, Master FCCP and Judi D. Braman
    Jack D. Buckley, MD, FCCP
    Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP
    Cassandra C. Carr
    Christopher L. Carroll, MD, FCCP
    Charles Butt Foundation
    Bart Chernow, MD, Master FCCP and Peggy Chernow
    Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP and Cammy J. Cowl
    Mark Cuban
    Robert De Marco, MD, FCCP and Debbie De Marco
    Edward J. Diamond, MD, FCCP and Patrice Diamond, RN, MS
    Dobson Family
    Feldman Family Foundation
    Mike Fravell
    Neil S. Freedman, MD, FCCP
    Kim D. French, MHSA, CAPPM
    Frost Bank
    Allen I. Goldberg, MD, Master FCCP and Eveline A. M. Faure, MD
    The Graham and Elizabeth Weston Gift Fund
    Greehey Family Foundation
    The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation
    David D. Gutterman, MD, Master FCCP
    Nicola A. Hanania, MBBS, MS, FCCP

    Julianna Hawn Holt
    H-E-B, LP
    Corrina Holt Richter & HOLT CATERPILLAR CORP
    John A. Howington, MD, FCCP and Anne C. Howington
    Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP and Diane Irwin, RN
    J. Tullos Wells
    Saleh N. Jaafar, MD
    Jackson Pulmonary Associates
    Robert G. Johnson, MD, Master FCCP and Cindy Johnson
    Paul A. Kvale, MD, Master FCCP and Susan Kvale
    Las Aguilas Associates LLC
    Burton L. Lesnick, MD, FCCP
    Alvin Lever, MA, Honorary FCCP and Norine Lever
    Stephanie M. Levine, MD, FCCP and Richard T. Shaffer, MD
    Liberto Management Co Inc.
    Ramya Lotano, MD, FCCP and Vincent Lotano, MD, FCCP
    Scott Manaker, MD, FCCP and Alison Manaker
    Darcy D. Marciniuk, MD, FCCP and Carla Marciniuk, MD
    James B. D. Mark, MD
    Paul A. Markowski, CAE and Karen O. Markowski
    Janet R. Maurer, MD, MBA, FCCP
    Sheldon Marstine
    The Mays Family Foundation
    D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP and Mary Anne McCaffree, MD, FCCP
    McCombs Family Foundation
    Jairo A. Melo, MD, FCCP & Texas IPS
    Stephen A. Mette, MD, FCCP
    Lisa K. Moores, MD, FCCP and Leon Moores, MD
    Ian T. Nathanson, MD, FCCP and Diane Nathanson
    Michael E. Nelson, MD, FCCP and Loretta R. Nelson, MD
    NuStar Foundation

    Jay I. Peters, MD, FCCP
    Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP
    Gregg Popovich
    Jill Popovich
    Udaya B. S. Prakash, MD, Master FCCP
    Suhail Raoof, MBBS, Master FCCP and Sabiha Raoof
    Michael E. Reed, JD
    The Richards Group
    Rico’s Products
    *Mark J. Rosen, MD, Master FCCP and Ilene Rosen
    Christian E. Sandrock, MD, FCCP
    Roslyn F. Schneider, MD, FCCP
    Select Rehabilitation, LLC
    Curtis N. Sessler, MD, FCCP and Pamela E. Kiser, MD
    Maggie Sharma
    Silver Eagle Distributors
    Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP and Joanne Silvestri
    Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP and Pamela J. Nicklaus, MD
    Spectrum Health
    Spurs Sports and Entertainment
    David J. Steiger, MBChB, FCCP and Bess Steiger
    John E. Studdard, MD, FCCP and Nancy Studdard
    Sugar Film Production
    Salim R. Surani, MD, FCCP and Zehra Surani, RRT, PhD
    Victor J. Test, MD, FCCP
    Alvin V Thomas Jr., MD, FCCP and Zorita Thomas
    Tito’s Handmade Vodka
    Kenneth G. Torrington, MD, FCCP
    Joseph Varon, MD, FCCP
    Stephen J. Welch and Beth Welch
    Whataburger
    *Sandra K. Willsie, DO, and Thomas E. Syverson, CMPE, MBA
    Wintrust Commercial Bank
    Zachry Industrial

    PATRON MEMBERS

    American Registry of Pathology
    Humayun Anjum, MD, FCCP
    George and Maureen Bain
    David L. Bowton, MD, FCCP
    Allan H. Bruckheim, MD
    Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum
    Aneesa M. Das, MD, FCCP
    Neeraj Desai, MD, FCCP and Judy Desai
    Naresh A. Dewan, MBBS, FCCP and Dr. Meera Dewan
    Tim Duncan
    Richard B. Evans, MD, MPH, FCCP
    FGMK, LLC
    Golf Acquisition Group
    Becky Hammon
    Carmel Joseph, MD, MBBS, FCCP
    Katten Munchin Rosenman, Inc.
    Kevin L. Kovitz, MD, FCCP
    Sylvan Stephen Lang
    Donald A. Mahler, MD, FCCP
    Med Center Intensivists of San Antonio PLLC
    Michael P. Bennett Foundation Inc.
    National Basketball Trainers Assoc. Foundation
    National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc.
    Jennifer T. Nemkovich, CAE
    Alexander S. Niven, MD, FCCP and Cathy Niven
    Prime Time Marketing
    Lois Rainer (In Memory of W. Gerald Rainer)
    Sanofi-Regeneron
    Karen and Robert Reuben
    Team Jeffrey for PF
    Patti Tuomey, EdD
    Visit San Antonio
    Walker Morton, LLP
    Wellvana
    Western Specialty Contractors

    SUSTAINING MEMBERS

    Action Elevator Inc.
    Rudy Anderson, CAE
    Preston and Robin Atkinson
    Augusta University
    Michel A. Boivin, MD, FCCP
    Nancy L. Brecheisen, MD, FCCP
    John Brozovich
    Marie M. Budev, DO, MPH, FCCP

    Theodore Chakos
    Comet Signs
    Carolyn M. D’Ambrosio, MD, FCCP
    P. Stratton Davies IV, CPA and Joanne Davies
    Noah Dorsky
    Chip Engelland
    Brian and Susan Farley
    Gallagher Bassett Services Inc.
    Chitoor S. Govindaraj, MD, FCCP
    Timothy Grant
    Monica and Bill Hall
    Chef Johnny Hernandez
    Candace A. Huebert, MD, FCCP
    Insmed Incorporated
    Chad E. Jackson, MS, RRT, FCCP and Katie Jackson
    Lisa C. Kanengiser, MD
    Norman Kellerman
    Roozehra Khan, DO, FCCP
    Sandhya Khurana, MD, FCCP
    Bart C. Koontz
    Lori Kwiatkowski
    Landscape Concepts Management
    Amy Lang, MD
    Tom and Renee Lardieri
    Deborah Jo Levine, MD, MS, FCCP
    Chris Mathis
    Methodist Health System
    Ronald M. Moen, CAE and Suellen G. Moen
    Ronald L. Morton, MD, FCCP
    Susan Murin, MD, FCCP
    Robert Musacchio, PhD and Susan L. Kelsey
    Genentech
    Kevin M. O’Neil, MD, FCCP and Debbie O’Neil
    James M. Parish, MD, FCCP and Denise Parish
    Angela Perillo, MBA
    Joe and Annette Perri
    Craig A. Piquette, MD, FCCP and Nancy VanderSluis, MD
    Robert and Cathy Petrillo
    Margaret A. Pisani, MD, MPH, FCCP
    Laxminarayana C. Rao, MD, FCCP
    Todd W. Rice, MD, FCCP
    Bernard J. Roth, MD, FCCP
    Robert F. Schmidt
    Sonali Sethi, MD, FCCP
    Maximiliano A. Tamae Kakazu, MD, FCCP

    Nancy Thiessen
    Michael R. Thiessen and Nancy E. Thiessen
    Bob Tober
    University of Texas at San Antonio
    Srinivasa R. Venkatesh, MBBS, FCCP (In Honor of All My Patients)
    Patrick Wong Jr., DO
    Brian and Cara Wright

    ADVOCATE MEMBERS

    A to Z Wineworks
    AB Distributing
    Able Engineering Services
    Able Services
    Muhammad Adrish, MD, FCCP
    Arzu Ari, FAARC, PhD, FCCP
    Nicki Augustyn, CAE
    Javier Barreda Garcia, MD, FCCP
    David G. Bell, MD, FCCP
    The Brantley Family
    Sherry Budziak
    Kenneth R. Casey, MD, MPH, FCCP
    Kevin M. Chan, MD, FCCP and Dr. Roxane Chan
    Clayco
    Nancy A. Collop, MD, FCCP
    Rany Condos, MD
    Vera A. De Palo, MD, FCCP
    Bradley Deutsch
    Jean M. Elwing, MD, FCCP
    Ernst & Young, LLP
    David Feldman
    Arthur F. Gelb, MD, FCCP
    Golub & Company
    Richard M. Hamrick III, MD, MBA, FCCP and Bonny D. Hamrick, RN, MS
    Gemzel A. Hernandez, MD, FCCP
    David Hiller
    GSEP Emergency Medicine
    Bruce Jennings
    Alamgir A. Khan, MBBS, FCCP
    Daren Kneezel
    Mitchell Kovitz
    Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC
    Lee County Sheriffs Posse Inc.
    Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong Jr., MD
    Matthews Family Foundation
    Mesirow Financial Inc.
    The Miriam Hospital
    Amy E. Morris, MD, FCCP

    Art Mueller
    National Basketball Association
    National Emphysema Foundation
    Anne E. O’Donnell, MD, FCCP
    Olympik Signs, Inc.
    David J. Prezant, MD, FCCP
    Proton Electric
    Robb Rabito, CHCP
    Linda Rogers, MD, FCCP
    Edward C. Rosenow III, MD, MS, Master FCCP
    Mark Rudzinski
    Catherine S. Sassoon, MD, FCCP
    Mary K. Schroth, MD, FCCP
    David A. Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP
    Lynn T. Tanoue, MD, FCCP
    Mojdeh Talebian, MD, FCCP
    Corey Unger
    Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe
    Andrew Wilhelm, DO, FCCP and Chelle Wilhelm, MD
    Rosemary A. Zaccanti

    MEMBERS

    Amano McGann
    Abbie Begnaud, MD, BS
    Andrew R. Berman, MD, FCCP
    BKB Commercial
    Dean Caprini
    Jennifer Davino
    Amanda M. Dexter, RRT, MSc
    Donald W. Collier III Charitable Trust
    Tim Gallagher
    Integrated Respiratory Solutions
    Jeff Kreamer
    Sunita Kumar, MBBS, FCCP
    Janet Marciniak
    Midwest Risk Partners
    John Momper
    Michelle Olken
    Carlos Pagan
    Scott Popp
    Analisa Rodriguez
    David Sachs
    Paul D. Scanlon, MD, FCCP
    Spot Hero
    Standard Parking Plus Corp
    Stephen Stoute
    Texas de Brazil
    Mitchell Wilner

    SUPPORTERS

    James Anderson
    Stephen Ball
    Daniel Bekavac
    Pam Benassi
    Elisa Benjamin
    Kevin Bethyo
    Amit Bhatia
    Kamila Bilska
    Jef Block
    Brandon Boesch, DO
    Jacob Bovara
    Terry Byron
    Scott Ciukowski
    Cary Claver
    Beth N. Corey
    Otgonbaatar Demberel
    Heather Dethloff, MA, CHCP
    Brian Deutsch
    Robert DiPiazza
    Gary Edidin
    Marcy Shiner Edidin
    Michelle and Jay Ehrlich
    Laurence M. Feldman
    Mitchell C. Feldman
    Mara Feldman
    Robert Figura
    Robert Friedman
    Daniel Genisio
    Tony Genisio
    Aleksandr Gershik
    Bruce Gold
    Jack Goldberg
    Landon Goss
    Mark Alan Gottlieb
    Michael Juliano
    Mitchell Kalter
    Satish K. Kauta
    Kelly Keegan
    Jim Kelly
    Carrie Kennedy
    Sandra Kite
    Debra Kleeman
    Mitchell Knopoff
    Kristen Kozlowski
    Michael Krasny
    Thomas J. Lauman Jr
    Eliran Maman
    Michael J. Merar, DDS
    Kari Messenger

    Josh Miller
    Caitlin Moroney, MA
    James Nelson
    Mikela Peterson
    Jon Plain
    Sherry Plain
    David Pollans
    Jane Pyke
    Victoria M. Raymond, MS
    David Rouley
    Mark Ruenz
    Ryan Schuette
    Steven W. Siegel
    Jason Siegellak
    Andrew Silver
    Skyline Maintenance and Repair Service, Inc. Suzanne M. Sletto, CAE
    Peter Smolenski
    Corey A. Speck
    Darryl Stachniak
    Sherry Tober
    Mark Truger
    Scott Urbanowski
    Paul Verkoulen
    Renee Volpe
    Maryke Webb
    Peter N. Weil
    Kelly Wisecarver
    Randy Yaffe
    Chin Tsun Yang, MD
    James Young, PhD

    CHEST STAFF

    Lisa Alvarez
    Christine (Rosie) Alwahab Janet Amesse
    Rudy Anderson
    Nicki Augustyn, CAE
    Robin Billiter
    Rachel Cahill
    Karen Caraher
    Josh Coe
    Beth N. Corey
    Kristin Crowe
    P. Stratton Davies IV, CPA
    Jean Davis
    Heather Dethloff, MA, CHCP
    Jonathan D. Detrich
    Erika Devine, MS, CSM, CSPO

    Jody Egel, CMP, CAE
    Adrian Feld
    Missy Fleck
    Danae K. Fragakis, BS
    Olivia A. Garconita
    Margaret Gates
    Andrew Gillen
    Pamela L. Goorsky
    Lauren Hughes
    Morgan Jacobus
    Debra Janiszewski
    Kathy Jewett, MA
    Casey Keske

    Maggie Kosinski, MNM
    Michelle Kosobucki
    Tina Le
    Ronald M. Moen, CAE
    Caitlin Moroney
    Robert Musacchio, PhD
    Cheryl Myers, MA, CUA, PSM I
    Jenny Nemkovich, CAE
    Jennifer T. Nemkovich, CAE
    Angela Perillo, MBA
    Emily Petraglia
    Jane Pyke
    Robb Rabito, CHCP

    Rob Ramillosa
    Vanessa Rancine
    Melissa Roberts, SHRM-CP
    Mary Rodriguez
    Mark Ruenz
    Jeanne Schaschwary
    Richard Schuch, Ed D Suzanne M. Sletto, CAE
    Teresa Tam
    Mateo Velilla
    James Young, PhD
    Alexandra Zurbuchen

  • Founders Society members

    We thank our members of the Founder’s Society, which recognizes passionate health-care professionals and their families for their cumulative lifetime giving since the CHEST Foundation was founded in 1996 THANK YOU for your ongoing support and leadership level of giving.

    1996 VISIONARY CIRCLE

    Bart Chernow, MD, Master FCCP and Peggy Chernow
    Robert G. Johnson, MD, Master FCCP and Cindy Johnson
    Gregg Popovich
    Jill Popovich

    1935 MURRAY KORNFELD CIRCLE

    W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA, Master FCCP and Debra Alberts
    Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP and Loren J. Harris, MD, FCCP
    John C. Alexander Jr., MD, MBA, FCCP and Carol C. Alexander
    Robert De Marco, MD, FCCP and Debbie De Marco
    Edward J. Diamond, MD, FCCP and Patrice Diamond, RN, MS
    Feldman Family Foundation
    David D. Gutterman, MD, Master FCCP
    John A. Howington, MD, FCCP and Anne C. Howington, RN
    Stephanie M. Levine, MD, FCCP and Richard T. Shaffer, MD
    Darcy D. Marciniuk, MD, FCCP and Carla Marciniuk, MDD
    Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP and Mary Anne McCaffree, MD, FCCP
    Jay I. Peters, MD, FCCP

    Curtis N. Sessler, MD, FCCP and Pamela E. Kiser, MD
    Maggie Sharma
    Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP and Joanne Silvestri
    Spurs Sports and Entertainment
    John E. Studdard, MD, FCCP and Nancy Studdard
    Salim R. Surani, MD, FCCP and Zehra Surani, RRT, PhD
    *Sandra K. Willsie, DO, and Thomas E. Syverson, CMPE, MBA

    LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

    Sidney S. Braman, MD, Master FCCP and Judi D. Braman
    Jack D. Buckley, MD, FCCP
    Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP and Cammy J. Cowl
    Frost Bank
    Allen I. Goldberg, MD, Master FCCP and Eveline A. M. Faure, MD
    Greehey Family Foundation
    Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, FCCP
    Nicola A. Hanania, MBBS, MS, FCCP
    H-E-B
    Corrina Holt Richter & HOLT CATERPILLAR CORP
    Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP and Diane Irwin, RN

    Jackson Pulmonary Associates
    Paul A. Kvale, MD, Master FCCP and Susan Kvale
    Alvin Lever, MA, Honorary FCCP and Norine Lever
    Scott Manaker, MD, FCCP and Alison Manaker
    James B. D. Mark, MD
    Paul A. Markowski and Karen O. Markowski
    Janet R. Maurer, MD, FCCP
    McCombs Family Foundation
    Michael E. Nelson, MD, FCCP and Loretta R. Nelson, MD
    Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP
    Francis J. Podbielski, MD, MS
    Udaya B. S. Prakash, MD, Master FCCP
    Suhail Raoof, MBBS, Master FCCP and Sabiha Raoof
    Michael E. Reed, JD
    *Mark J. Rosen, MD, Master FCCP and Ilene Rosen
    NuStar Energy L.P.
    Christian E. Sandrock, MD, FCCP
    Select Rehabilitation, LLC
    David J. Steiger, MBChB, FCCP and Bess Steiger
    John E. Studdard, MD, FCCP and Nancy Studdard

  • Donor Spotlight publication information

    CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees

    Executive Committee

    Edward J. Diamond, MD, MBA, FCCP
    President & Trustee
    Ian T. Nathanson, MD, FCCP
    President-Elect & Trustee
    Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP
    Immediate Past President & Trustee
    Robert De Marco, MD, FCCP
    President-Designate & Trustee
    Stephanie M. Levine, MD, FCCP
    CHEST President
    Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP
    CHEST Past President
    Robert A. Musacchio, PhD
    CHEST Executive Vice President and CEO

    Trustees

    Christopher L. Carroll, MD, FCCP
    Sai P. Haranath, MD, MPH, FCCP
    Candace A. Huebert, MD, FCCP
    Roozehra Khan, DO, FCCP
    Burton L. Lesnick, MD, FCCP
    Donald A. Mahler, MD, FCCP
    Jairo A. Melo, MD, FCCP
    Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP
    Jill Popovich
    David J. Steiger, MBChB, FCCP
    Patti Tuomey, EdD

     

    CHEST Foundation Staff

    Robert A. Musacchio, PhD
    CHEST Executive Vice President and CEO
    Rudy Anderson, CAE
    Associate Executive Director, CHEST Foundation
    Angela Perillo, MBA
    Director, Development & Foundation Operations
    Caitlin Moroney, MA
    Individual Giving Manager, CHEST Foundation
    Andrew Gillen
    CHEST Foundation Programs and Development Specialist

    CHEST Foundation Founder and Honorary Patron

    Bart Chernow, MD, Master FCCP and Peggy Chernow

    CHEST Publishing & Production Staff

    Nicki Augustyn, CAE
    SVP, Marketing, Communications, and Publishing
    Kavitha Reinhold, MA | Director, Publishing
    Pam Goorsky | Manager, Editorial Resources
    Martha Zaborowski
    Publications & Digital Content Editor
    Claudia Egresits | Senior Branded Design Specialist

President’s Letter


The CHEST Foundation’s work has historically been rooted in community service. Whether we are helping at-risk populations in Uganda and East Africa, or implementing programs right here at home in Forsyth County, Georgia and San Antonio, Texas, we are continually striving to impact communities around the globe.

Unfortunately, we now find ourselves in a new world, one that has been radically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, this new reality has shed a light on the significance of our members and the work we do in the community. In fact, the importance of this work has never been more apparent.

So many times, our programs are created with the intention of helping future generations. For example, we may support a physician training initiative in a country where they have few, if any, pulmonologists. Our hope is that these types of programs will continue to grow and sustain themselves in order to deliver top-notch care in communities that otherwise would have to do without.

The stories that we are sharing with you in this issue, however, shine a spotlight on the tangible impact that our programs are imparting on people in the here and now.

We’ve been working tirelessly to curate a new collection of materials that are COVID-specific. They are aimed to help our silent sufferers obtain access to the information, resources, and care that they may need at this very moment. Our new videos and patient care guides can be accessed through our website, which I am extraordinarily excited to announce has been redesigned. Information and resources are now easier to access, easier to understand, and easier to share than ever before – the entire experience is patient-focused and user-friendly. There are many additional resources for clinicians, as well, so I urge you to explore chestfoundation.org and spread the word.

I want to emphasize that our contribution to those suffering in the midst of this pandemic consists of more than just providing educational materials. We have a clear message: “We are here for you. You are not alone. We will get you the support you need.” For an at-risk person who has been quarantined for the past several weeks, that message may be more powerful than any downloadable guide we can produce. We certainly hope it resonates with the people who need to hear it the most. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. We are able to create resources and outreach programs like this because of your contributions. Your actions make it clear that we have a community of clinicians that cares deeply for the welfare of others.

In this time of crisis, we’ve been called to step up, and I’m proud to say that we did with a ferociousness and tenacity that I’ve never seen before. By coming together, just look at how much we were able to execute. I hope those accomplishments are clear to you as you read about the community-based programs that you’ve helped bring to fruition. Without you, none of this is possible.

Sincerely,

Ed Diamond, MD, MBA, FCCP
edward.diamond@sublung.com