Thoracic Center of Excellence
OSF Saint Francis Thoracic Center of Excellence offers services to improve the quality care we provide to our thoracic (chest) surgery patients. OSF Saint Francis performs over 250 thoracic surgery or chest procedures every year; it serves as the fourth largest medical center in the state of Illinois.
OSF Saint Francis offers a Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic where patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer have their case reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, thoracic surgeons, and radiologists to determine the most appropriate plan of care. Other services offered are the Lung Nodule Clinic and Lung Cancer Screening Program.
The Thoracic Center cares for people with diseases of the chest including the airways, lungs and esophagus.
Some common symptoms of these illnesses include:
- Shortness of breath; especially when active
- A cough that does not go away
- Difficulty swallowing
- Coughing up bloody sputum
- Chest pain
Unexplained weigh loss or appetite
Richard Anderson, MD
Thoracic Surgery, Co-Medical Director, Thoracic Center
Dale Mueller MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Co-Medical Director, Thoracic Center
MSN, ACNS-BC, APN, Thoracic Center
In addition to the surgeons and APN, the Thoracic Center staff includes a nurse navigator, physician assistants (PAs), pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory specialists, and a specialized nursing team to care for you after surgery. Our care transition coordinators will provide discharge planning and arrange for needs upon discharge. Community health nurses can report on your progress and communicate with our surgeons and/or APN for quick attention to any issues or questions you might have once you’re home.
Our surgeons perform the most advanced procedures in chest/thoracic surgery, including video-assisted thoracoscopy and minimally-invasive surgery. They also offer the latest in pain management techniques. If needed, we work directly with your primary care physician and other physicians such as pulmonologists, interventional radiologists, and cancer specialists to meet all of your health care needs.
To Reduce Your Risk of Breathing Problems
- Quit smoking
- Avoid second-hand smoke
- Test your home for Radon
- Protect yourself from dust or fumes
- Avoid drinking alcohol in excess
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet with recommended servings of fruits and vegetables
If you do not have a family physician, call our 24-hour Physician Referral Center: 1-888-6-ASK OSF (1-888-627-5673).
If you would like a referral to the OSF Saint Francis Thoracic Center please call: 1-800-231-7257.