Texas Health Allen Launches Better Breathers Club
05/13/2013

ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is launching a Better Breathers Club to assist citizens in the Texas Health Allen community with lung disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. The club is designed to be a support group for people with lung disorders and their families to learn more about how to manage the condition.

“We are thrilled to start a Better Breathers Club to help our patients and their families,” said Dawn Thompson, an organizer of the club and a respiratory therapist at Texas Health Allen. “Living with lung disease can be difficult and we see this club as a way for individuals to learn from each other and share tips for how to live better.”

An estimated more than 35 million adults in the United States live with a lung disorder, according to the American Lung Association. The association charters Better Breathing Clubs across the country, including the one at Texas Health Allen.

The first meeting of the club will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at Texas Health Allen. Lunch will be served. The club meets on the third Friday of the month at lunchtime. There is no cost to attend.

For more information on the club or other respiratory services provided by Texas Health Allen, please call 972-747-6341 or email collincountybbc@texashealth.org.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.