Thoracic Program

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Northwest Community Healthcare offers the most advanced care to address thoracic conditions that affect the lungs, chest, esophagus and diaphragm. Whether you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or Barrett’s esophagus or you are struggling with the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you can count on our board-certified specialists to create the most effective treatment plan.

We are proud to be a three-time Magnet® designated facility, a distinction afforded to only seven percent of hospitals nationwide. That means our nurses provide exceptional care. In 2015, NCH was recognized by Healthgrades with a Patient Safety Excellence Award, for safeguarding patients from serious and potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

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Care for lung cancer and other lung conditions

Our board-certified thoracic surgeons have performed hundreds of procedures to treat lung cancer and other conditions that affect the lungs, chest and diaphragm, including:

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Treatments for conditions that affect the esophagus

Specialists from our Reflux Center and Gastrointestinal Program care for patients with esophageal conditions, such as:

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Patients undergoing treatment for lung cancer can count on the expert guidance of our patient navigator, who is there to answer all your questions, coordinate your care and help you and your family through the treatment process.

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NCH offers innovative care to relieve the symptoms and complications of patients with lung cancer through its Interventional Pulmonology program.

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Treatments

Minimally-invasive and traditional treatments

Specialists at NCH will develop a treatment plan for you that may include medications, therapies and surgery. Our surgeons perform numerous minimally-invasive surgical procedures, such as video-assisted thorocoscopy surgery (VATS) to treat lung cancer, and radiofrequency ablation to treat Barrett’s esophagus. Our interventional pulmonologists perform minimally invasive techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound, electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy and pleurX® catheter placement for patients with complex thoracic conditions.

You can also count on our specialists for the most advanced treatments for GERD, including magnetic sphincter augmentation (also called LINX) and transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). Both procedures are minimally-invasive outpatient procedures, which means symptom relief with shorter recovery times. Please note that patients ages 65 and greater, or those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 32 and greater, are unlikely to benefit from TIF or LINX.


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Specialists

Board-certified thoracic specialists

Northwest Community Healthcare’s Thoracic Program features thoracic surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, general surgeons and advanced practice nurses. Together, they provide the highest level of care to treat you.

Gary W. Chmielewski, M.D.

Dr. Chmielewski is a nationally-renowned thoracic surgeon with extensive experience treating lung cancer and other thoracic conditions, both malignant and benign. He is board-certified in thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. His clinical expertise includes lung and esophageal cancer, chest tumors, Barrett’s esophagus, GERD, Nissen fundoplication, radiofrequency ablation, thoracoscopic surgery and VATS.


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