Breathe Easy

Published On 11/13/2014

Asthma program improves health, lowers health care costs

Avoidable asthma-related hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits are down for children enrolled in a Le Bonheur program aimed at improving quality of life and lowering health care costs. In 2013, Le Bonheur launched CHAMP, or Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership, with a $2.9 million Health Care Innovation grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

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Family finds help, community with CHAMP

On Easter night 2014, 15-year-old LaKeira Thompson woke up struggling to breathe.  Unsure if LaKeira needed to head to the Emergency Department, Wendy called her Le Bonheur CHAMP contact.

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Faces of CHAMP

Meet the children and families of CHAMP and the clinical team and educators who care for them.

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By the numbers

Hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits are down for high-risk asthma patients enrolled in Le Bonheur’s CHAMP. Learn more about the impact of the program.

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Joan Han, MD, pediatric obesity specialist

Pediatric Intensivist Samir Shah, MD, thinks about severe sepsis like Wayne Gretzky thinks about hockey. Gretzky once said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” The critical care intensivist has dedicated the last 14 years searching for the best way to determine the moment severe sepsis happens in a patient.

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Pediatric Emergency Specialist Jay Pershad, MD, has seen more than 500 cases of appendicitis in the last 16-years. While the diagnosis is one of the most common emergencies requiring surgery in children, clinical diagnosis is elusive, and no test is perfect – yet. In an effort to find the most accurate and safest way to diagnose appendicitis, Pershad and his surgical colleagues have developed a novel pathway for diagnosing appendicitis.

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