First-of-Its-Kind Walk-In Care Clinic for Respiratory Issues -- RespirCare -- Opens in Tulsa


The nation’s first walk-in care clinic established solely for patients with chronic breathing problems has opened in Tulsa.

RespirCare treats acute and chronic breathing problems, including a wide variety of respiratory issues such as COPD, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, pulmonary and cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis. Care is provided by pulmonologists, nurses and registered respiratory therapists who perform assessments, supply oxygen, breathing treatments, ultrasound-guided thoracentesis, spirometry, check x-rays and blood work.

To ensure care can be provided quickly to patients, RespirCare has harnessed a new digital health solution from HGE Health, a medical technology company that provides a digital telemedicine platform allowing physicians to care for a pulmonary patient anywhere in the nation, 24/7/365.

"COPD patients in general experience fear and anxiety about breathing every day, 365 days of the year," said Michael J. Markus, PhD., CEO of HGE Health. “Leveraging over a decade of clinical research, our technology has enabled RespirCare’s uniquely-focused respiratory care team to efficiently monitor these symptoms."

This technology is especially critical to patients that reside in rural parts of Oklahoma. The technology also offers RespirCare greater continuity with a patient’s pulmonary care physician or specialist to ensure optimal care.

“We don’t replace the patient’s physician, but, rather, work alongside him/her when it might be difficult for the patient to see his/her physician or pulmonologist swiftly,” said Mark Boomer, M.D., owner and medical director of RespirCare. “Importantly, we’re an excellent alternative to the Emergency Room for these specific patients as we’re attuned to these medical problems and provide considerable savings via reduced co-pay and overall decreased costs per visit. We also help patients minimize medical respiratory issues between visits with their physicians and, many times, help them stay out of the hospital.”

“Insurers are becoming very supportive of health initiatives like RespirCare because of its targeted care for medical issues which can be quite expensive if untreated or inconsistently cared for,” Dr. Boomer continued. “RespirCare will help reduce the sometimes-significant delays of patients accessing specialty care for acute respiratory events. Plus, it will help improve access to care for patients in remote rural areas.

“The quicker and more consistent that care is provided to respiratory patients when an issue erupts, the better the outcome tends to be. Combining HGE Health’s technology with RespirCare’s medical expertise will help a patient’s primary care physician better manage acute events between office visits and ensure better health maintenance, medication adherence, diet, and the like.”

RespirCare walk-in care clinic is located at 2832 East 101st, one block off Riverside Drive and the Creek Turnpike. RespirCare is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Most insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.

About RespirCare 
Headquartered in Tulsa, RespirCare is a specialty walk-in care clinic that is focused on serving the unique symptom and treatment needs of patients with respiratory issues in an easy-to-access and friendly setting. RespirCare was founded by Dr. W Mark Boomer, a Pulmonary Disease Specialist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who designed the care center and its services based upon his more than 30 years of diverse clinical and critical care experience. All RespirCare clinics are staffed by a Pulmonologist, Registered Respiratory Therapists, and nurses who are able to provide same-day treatment of minor to complex and emergent respiratory issues.

About HGE Health 
Headquartered in Philadelphia, HGE Health harnesses its deep experience in chronic disease management and digital health in pulmonary disease, telemedicine and mobile health to develop a clinical services platform that delivers better care faster at a much lower cost for patients, physicians and payors. Built on clinical protocols developed and supported by 16 years of research, the company’s technology has compiled the longest running and world’s largest longitudinal data set of COPD symptoms, interventions and clinical management to help physicians provide care for a geographically and socio-economically diverse COPD and pulmonary patient population.