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COPD Program Earns Certification

UVA’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) program recently became just the second in the country to earn Joint Commission certification.

UVA’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) program recently became just the second in the country to earn Joint Commission certification.

The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations and programs.

The COPD program works to create better outcomes for patients by meeting high national quality standards.
The COPD team includes specialized doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, staff in the pulmonary function lab, home care and rehabilitation providers and administrative support staff.

“I am simply honored to work with all those who have dedicated many years to taking care of patients with COPD,” says pulmonologist Y. Michael Shim, MD.

“Patients receive great care when there is a team focused on delivering comprehensive care, partnering with other disciplines and using performance outcomes to improve care,” adds COPD care coordinator Peggie Donowitz, RN. 

“Recertification is the result of the coordination of care among multiple disciplines, and shows our ability to work together toward a common goal,” says E. Clarke Haley, MD, Medical Director of Neurology for the Stroke Center.