Tuberculosis Clinic History
Our Tuberculosis Clinic is the regional referral center for tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases. We are fully committed to the national public health initiatives relating to tuberculosis, including treating active cases, identifying and caring for contacts of active cases, and identifying and evaluating patients with latent tuberculosis infection. As part of our mission, we are actively engaged in outreach based in adult education centers in the Greater New Haven area, screening high risk persons in these community settings, and providing treatment for these individuals, who often have limited access to health care. Though the number of active cases of tuberculosis continues to decline in the United States, tuberculosis as a global problem remains an enormous challenge. In an era where disease can easily cross national and geographic boundaries, the need for an active and highly educated tuberculosis service is clear.
Winchester Chest Clinic History
The Winchester Chest Clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary outpatient practice site for the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The history of the Clinic dates back decades to a bequest by Sarah Winchester, which established an endowment in the memory of her husband William Wirt Winchester and their young daughter, both of whom succumbed to tuberculosis. This bequest resulted in the establishment in the early 1900s of the original Winchester Hospital in West Haven, which was dedicated to the care of persons with tuberculosis. Over the years, the Winchester Hospital evolved from a freestanding facility to become part of Y-NHH, always with the ongoing mission of pursuing tuberculosis treatment and research. The Winchester Chest Clinic continues this tradition of commitment to tuberculosis. Presently, the Clinic serves a much broader role in research and patient care in all facets of chest diseases. General consultation is available for all pulmonary diseases. Specialty clinics for specific disease areas have also been developed over the past 10 years, which serve as referral sites for consultation, as well as centers for clinical research in those areas.