Aiming to Improve Asthma Patients’ Quality of Life

By Paige Bastian, RN

Prior to joining Rush in September, I didn’t know that an asthma center existed at Rush. Since the community at large and physicians within Rush may also be unaware of it, my goal is to raise awareness about the Rush University Asthma Center.

Our team is dedicated in its quest to improve the quality of life for patients with asthma and their families. From proper diagnosis to prescribing appropriate medications, asthma education is the emphasis of our team approach.

The Rush University Asthma Center opened in 2009 within the Allergy and Immunology Department. The Asthma Center operates on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon.  On the first and third Tuesdays of the month, adult patients may see an allergist, Dr. Mary Tobin, or a pulmonologist, Dr. Brian Stein. On the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, pediatric patients will see Dr. James Moy, allergist.

The doctors on our team consult one another to formulate a plan of care for our patients. New patients to the Asthma Center will get follow-up two more times here and then be referred back to their primary care provider or the allergy clinic for continuing care. We work closely with many specialties such as pulmonary, speech, ENT and GI to determine the best possible care for our patients.

We hope our efforts to provide comprehensive care and education will give patients the tools to manage their asthma, reduce visits to the ER and hospitalizations, and reduce missed work/school days.

For more information about Rush University Asthma Center, please visit us at

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