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Alphonso Quiñones
Alphonso Quiñones, Director of Respiratory Therapy at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital.

Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital (Rockville Centre, NY) is increasing health care access in its community with the launch of its Asthma Self-Management Training program. The pilot program, supported by a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, offers education to teach children and adults how to manage their asthma and prevent asthma attacks.

Led by specially trained registered respiratory therapists who are also credentialed as certified asthma educators, the program provides instructions on how to use medication devices, monitor symptoms, avoid triggers, and signs of when to seek medical help.

Each session is 30 minutes and offered in English or Spanish. Insurance is not required. All patients will receive complimentary Peak Flow Meters & Spacers, a portable, hand-held device that gives patients the ability to push air out via their lungs. Additionally, for patients who qualify, the program offers free medications via Catholic Health’s Meds to Beds Program—a program in which pharmacists deliver medications to patients while in the hospital setting.

To connect with one of Mercy Hospital’s respiratory therapists, call 516-705-1530.

Learn more about Catholic Health’s allergy, asthma and immunology services.

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