Local philanthropist and businessman, Tom Dolan, thrives in our community after receiving a single lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease.
Giving Back to Our Community
Through this life-changing experience, Tom encountered some of the capabilities, and needs, in northern Nevada for those in need of specialty lung care. Tom leads a support group of community members with similar health challenges who have worked together to help patients receive necessary care.
“After being diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, the journey to understand how to care for yourself heavily focuses on exercise,” said Renown South Meadows Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital Vice President Chris Nicholas. “This generous donation will help address our wait lists to access a safe, nonjudgmental program encouraging physical activity.”
More Equipment, More Patients Being Served
The comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program offers treadmills, stationary bicycles, strength training and an education classroom to help patients achieve health goals. Once diagnosed, patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis or other chronic lung diseases can be referred to pulmonary rehabilitation to focus on exercise.
“The most essential component of lung health is breaking the cycle of inactivity associated with lung disease,” said Lung Critical Care Physician Dr. Farah Madhani-Lovely. “Tom’s presence and compassion has been empowering to the patients in our program. It’s amazing to see the comrade in fitness and emotional support when they meet offsite.”
Through his generous contribution, Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation Hospital recently doubled the equipment used to guide patients through therapy and exercises. Now, more patients can be assisted in their rehabilitation thanks to Tom.
Thomas S. Dolan Pulmonary Rehabilitation
This program is important to Dolan, who promised to help others in need of pulmonary services. Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located on the South Meadows Medical Center campus, and will now bear his name.