Mission Statement

The Mission of The Delta Medix Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialists is to set the standard for excellence by providing outstanding care to patients with critical illness, disorders of the chest, lungs and airways as well as sleep disorders in a compassionate and supportive environment.  We are committed to a patient centered approach to care as well as the use of the latest contemporary techniques and strategies for the detection, prevention and treatment of lung disease.

Pulmonary and Critical Care

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Delta Medix specializes in evaluating and treating diseases of the lungs and respiratory system in both an outpatient and inpatient hospital setting.  They treat lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) interstitial lung disease, pleural effusions, sarcoidosis, and pulmonary fibrosis.  We manage sleep disorders, which include sleep apnea and narcolepsy.  In order to diagnose and treat these diseases and disorders, we provide non-invasive diagnostic respiratory testing such as pulmonary function testing, oximetry, simple pulmonary stress testing, and sleep testing.  We work closely with your primary care physician and other specialists to develop a treatment plan that ensures the highest quality medical care and service that is right for you.  Our highly experienced physicians and nurse practitioners specialize in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine delivering the most up to date comprehensive care.

Delta Medix Pulmonary Services offer high-quality compassionate personalized pulmonary care. Our board-certified pulmonary physicians serve critically ill patients within the hospital and in their outpatient office.

Services

Outpatient pulmonary services include treating individuals with acute, chronic and recurring conditions of the respiratory system. These include but aren't limited to:

  • Asthma 
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) –Emphysema, Chronic bronchitis
  • Lung Cancer 
  • Respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc.
  • Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis 
  • Bronchiectasis 
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases 
  • Toxic Exposures 
  • Occupational lung diseases (e.g. asbestos contamination)
  • Pleural diseases

Delta Medix Pulmonologist may recommend outpatient pulmonary function testing to evaluate lung capacity in patients with COPD, asthma or to determine if smokers have COPD, and to evaluate patients with such common lung complaints as shortness of breath, chronic cough and decreased exercise capacity.

Pulmonology Tests

A Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) is a breathing test to find out how well you move air in and out of your lungs and how well oxygen enters your body. The tests also check how well your lungs transfer oxygen into the blood. There are several different tests:

  • Spirometry measures how well the lungs exhale (breathe out)
  • Lung volume measures how well the lungs inhale (breathe in)
  • Tests of the diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO) show how efficiently the lungs transfer oxygen into the bloodstream

When combined with a physician’s examination and appropriate x-ray testing, this data gives your doctor very precise information regarding the detailed analysis of your lung function.  Testing is done in the Pulmonary Function Lab at Delta Medix Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and the results are interpreted by a Board Certified Pulmonary Physician.

Pulmonary function tests help:

  • Diagnose diseases of the lung such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema
  • Compare your lung function to known standards that show how well your lungs should be working
  • Measure the effect of chronic diseases like asthma, COPD or pulmonary fibrosis on lung function
  • Help access your risk for surgery and medical procedures. This especially applies to patients who:
  • Are older than 60 years old
  • Are known to have lung disease
  • Are morbidly obese 
  •  Have a history of smoking, coughing, or wheezing  
  • Will be under anesthesia for a prolonged period of time
  •  Are undergoing an abdominal or chest operation
  • Determine the cause of shortness of breath
  • Monitor trends of existing lung disease
  • Measure the effects of chemicals, coal dust, and other toxins on lung function
  • Measure the effectiveness of medicines and other treatments

PFTs can help detect lung disease at an early stage, before symptoms develop.

To get the most accurate results of your breathing test:

No inhalers (unless emergency), caffeine, or smoking for at least 4 hours prior to testing.
If you are seeing a Delta Medix Pulmonologist, they will go over the results of your PFT at your appointment. If you are following up with your primary care physician, they will get the results of your testing after the pulmonologist interprets the test.

Sleep Medicine

According to the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), over 40 million Americans suffer each year from sleep disorders.  These disorders may be minimized with minor behavioral modifications as eliminating caffeine from the diet, proper sleep habits and stress reduction.  However, many patients require professional diagnosis and treatment.  Sleep studies provide a way for our expert physicians to develop an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.  
Our providers offer full-service care of all sleep disorders for adults. A comprehensive care plan is created for each patient that may include, coordinated sleep lab testing at the conveniently located Sleep Disorders Center at Moses Taylor Hospital. Our sleep specialists treat multiple sleep disorders for adults. Some conditions treated are:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Disorders – Breathing
  • Parasomnia
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

Critical Care

Our critical care providers care for patients with all types of pulmonary issues in our intensive care units at Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital of Scranton. The highly trained staff and experienced physicians provide care to critically ill patients in the ICU, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our Critical Care Specialists provide the highest level of medical care and treatment available.  Research clearly shows that ICU patients have a lower risk of death in shorter ICU and hospital stays when a specially trained Intensivist like a Critical Care Specialist oversees patient care.  When intensivists are available to manage and monitor ICU care, patient’s problems are identified sooner, leading to more rapid and evidence-based interventions and lower mortality rates.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. Unfortunately only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed in the early stage disease when the chance for survival is greatest. Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. However, based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we now have confirmation that Low Dose CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer. The NLST determined the use of low-dose CT of the chest (LDCT) for screening can improve survival from early detection of lung cancer by as much as 20 percent.

Read more about Lung Cancer Screening.