Riley Hospital for Children Pulmonology at IU Health
The pediatric pulmonologists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provide diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic respiratory disease. In addition to caring for patients throughout the Midwest, we are active in researching ways to prevent serious lung damage in children with cystic fibrosis. Our research efforts in the treatment of asthma allow us to offer selected patients the latest medications before they are available to the public.
Specialized Care for Breathing Problems
Pediatric pulmonologists are physicians who specialize in caring for children with breathing disorders of all kinds. Our Pediatric Pulmonologists provide thorough evaluation, then design a treatment and follow-up program to meet the needs of each child. The kinds of problems treated include asthma, wheezing, coughing, chest pain, viral respiratory infections, structural abnormalities in the respiratory system, and chronic lung disease in premature infants.
Special programs are offered for children and adults with cystic fibrosis and for children with apnea (stopping breathing). Riley Hospital for Children Sleep Disorders Center at Indiana University Health offers state-of-the-art evaluation of sleep disorders of all kinds. It is the only such center in Indiana and is nationally recognized.
In 2011, Riley Hospital for Children Pulmonology at Indiana University Health ranked number 12th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals.
In 2009, Riley Pulmonology at IU Health ranked number 5th in the nation by Parents magazine. No other Indiana hospitals pediatric pulmonary intensive care programs made the national rankings.
The Latest Technologies for Diagnosis
Riley Pulmonology at IU Health Diagnostic Center provides specialized lung function testing for children through the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory. This specialized laboratory performs testing for physicians throughout Indiana and is one of only a few places in the country to offer pulmonary function testing for infants. Other diagnostic methods include fiberoptic bronchoscopy, an outpatient procedure that lets doctors see inside the child's air passages. Our metabolic and exercise testing laboratory, which is also available to physicians throughout Indiana, is used to help evaluate the cause of a child's breathing problems.
Helping Children and Families at Home
We work closely with families and other health care professionals to coordinate home care planing for children who need ventilators, monitoring, supplemental oxygen or private duty nursing care. Our home care programs not only provide sophisticated technology in the home settings, but also offer 24 hour support from our pediatric pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and nurse specialists.