Tuesday, May 03, 2016
New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Paul Sarlo visited Hackensack University Medical Center on Tuesday to review the hospital’s innovative program to aid asthmatics in low-income communities.
The hospital utilizes an “Air Bus” as a mobile clinic to bring respiratory education and treatment to low-income areas that don’t have easy access to healthcare services.
The Senators held a discussion with doctors and hospital officials about the best way to improve life for asthmatics. Sweeney and Sarlo were joined by Mary Ann Michelis, M.D., the program’s director, and Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, President, HackensackUMC.
The Center for Allergy, Asthma & Immune Disorders at HUMC provides asthma screenings to underserved areas in Bergen County by way of the Asthma Information Relief (A.I.R.) Express Mobile Care Unit. The team of nurses visits elementary schools in the county throughout the year to perform asthma screenings and education.
May is Asthma Awareness Month.
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