Message from Robert Klugman, MD
Robert Klugman, MD
"Pneumonia is one of the major killers of the elderly and infirm. Nationally developed interventions are being implemented in every hospital. These include rapid diagnosis, testing and treatment with antibiotics. Intervention also involves vaccination to prevent two of the most serious types of pneumonia - pneumococcal and influenza. Lastly, stopping smoking greatly improves a person's chances of surviving pneumonia.
Our team is committed to making sure that every patient gets all of these interventions, along with the best care possible."
Robert Klugman, MD, is the UMass Memorial chief quality officer and director of managed care. He is also an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
To learn more about the pneumonia quality and outcomes measures, use the list to the right.