Asthma prevalence continues to rise, now afflicting 25 million Americans. Asthma kills thousands of people and causes 2.2 million hospitalizations and emergency room visits every year. Direct health care costs of asthma are more than $50 billion per year.
“We have been so impressed over the years by the extraordinary dedication and excellence at National Jewish Health that we wanted to make an impactful gift,” said Mr. Cohen, a national trustee for the institution. “When I asked, they told me, ‘Asthma is where your gift can make an important difference.’ Michele and I are proud to fund this pioneering initiative.”
The Cohen Family Asthma Institute will build on historic strengths at National Jewish Health in asthma, allergy and immunology while bringing together a broad coalition of researchers, physicians, patients and health care organizations to focus on the causes, treatments and prevention of asthma. Co-Directors Michael Wechsler, MD, and Rohit Katial, MD, with Associate Director Ronina Covar, MD, will lead the Cohen Family Asthma Institute. Richard Martin, MD, who is chair of the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health, will also chair the Cohen Family Asthma Institute’s Board of Directors.
The Cohen Family Asthma Institute will have additional national reach through collaborations in New Yorkwith the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, and locally with Saint Joseph Hospital and its parent SCL Health, and with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.