Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, an inpatient treatment program run in partnership with National Jewish Health, provides specialized care for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients over the age of 18. As an extension of the outpatient clinic at National Jewish Health, this hospital-based program focuses on the unique health care needs of adult CF patients.

The Adult CF Program at Saint Joseph Hospital treats more than 400 patients annually, many of whom require hospitalization at least once a year, making it one of the most experienced CF program in the Western United States.

CF Care Team

The Adult CF Program is made up of a multidisciplinary care team, which includes:

  • A National Jewish Health CF physician
  • Saint Joseph Hospital hospitalists
  • CF-specialty nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical and respiratory therapists
  • Dietitians and a glucose management team
  • Social workers

One of the most important aspects of the program is that this team provides seamless care between the outpatient clinic and the hospital.

Care Planning

Each morning the CF care team rounds on patients to discuss every aspect of their care. Patients in turn are encouraged to actively participate in their treatment plan to get the most of their hospital stay.

In addition, exercise is also a very important part of the CF treatment program as it can improve a patient's overall lung function. Working closely with Saint Joseph Hospital's physical therapy team, there are various opportunities for patients to be active throughout the day.

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Managing CF-related Diabetes

The adult cystic fibrosis program at Saint Joseph Hospital provides dedicated endocrinology care and treatment to help CF patients who develop CF-related diabetes.