Barlow Respiratory Hospital Partners with
LAC+USC Breathmobile and LAUSD to Serve Children with Asthma
On December 27th, the Breathmobile mobile pediatric asthma clinic will come to Barlow Respiratory Hospital to provide scheduled clinic services for children with asthma and allergies.
To schedule an appointment, contact the Breathmobile (323) 640-9670
The Breathmobile mobile clinics allow families to access free clinic services in their own community
during school vacations to decrease school absences and parental work absences. The LAC+USC Breathmobile program is a comprehensive, mobile-based pediatric asthma disease management program that delivers asthma-specialty care to inner-city children at no cost to their families. If patients cannot afford medications, sample medications are provided when available.
“We strive to keep kids out the emergency room and in school,” says Dr. Marilyn Li, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine. “This partnership with the Breathmobile and Barlow Respiratory Hospital will allow us to serve two schools at a centralized location and improve local community health.”
The Breathmobile was created in 1995 to improve preventative asthma care for underserved children in LA County by providing local site team-based asthma care to decrease health disparities. The program is based at LAC+USC Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology and is run by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
This partnership marks the first time the hospital has been able to serve children at high risk for asthma. The partnership grew out of the hospital’s community needs assessment identification of underserved children with a high risk of asthma as a priority.
Barlow Respiratory Hospital is the only not-for-profit respiratory hospital in Los Angeles and is recognized for excellence in treating medically complex patients dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Barlow is a long-term acute care hospital (LTCH) and is a national leader in Ventilator Weaning. Barlow has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Certification for Respiratory Failure by the Joint Commission which establishes the hospital as a leader in ventilator weaning and management. There are less thant tow dozen hospital nationwide that have achieved this certification and Barlow is the only one on the West Coast. Barlow has also earned Passy Muir designation as a Center of Excellence, the only one in the Western United States. The designation was awarded as a result of demonstration of a high standard of care for patients with tracheostomies, on and off the ventilator. Barlow is an affiliated teaching facility for USC's Keck School of Medicine and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Barlow is currently undergoing a seismic retrofit that extends the life of the historic hospital building in Los Angeles and expands services by creating a brand new state-of-the-art hospital. The hospital remains operational during construction. www.barlowhospital.org
SCHEDULE BREATHMOBILE APPOINTMENTS: (323) 640-9670