Specializing in Lung and Sleep Disorders
The Portneuf Lung and Sleep Disorders Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and disease of the lungs and respiratory tract. We also work with patients in providing services through a nationally accredited sleep lab. We are certified to practice critical care medicine and provide treatment for hospitalized patients.
In addition to caring for patients in the hospital with more severe or complicated lung problems, our specialists are often the primary physician caring for extremely ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Although pulmonologists do not perform surgery they perform endoscopy of the lungs and bronchial tubes (bronchoscopy) and other non-surgical procedures related to the lungs such as thoracentesis (removing fluid from around the lung with a needle and catheter) and tracheotomy placement and care.
Our board certified pulmonologist has expertise in a broad range of adult lung disorders such as COPD, chronic severe asthma, and unusual lung diseases such as sarcoidosis. Lung specialists are also responsible for investigating abnormal findings on chest x-rays or chest CT scans, evaluation of shortness of breath, or chronic cough.
We are here for you with advanced treatments in the full spectrum of Pulmonary Medicine (diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the respiratory system) and Sleep Medicine (diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and disorders that affect sleep).
We value our patients, medical providers, and staff and believe there must be trust, honesty, mutual respect and a shared interest in doing what is best for the patients’ health. If we can assist you with any questions or concerns regarding our clinic, or if you need assistance in finding a primary care provider, please contact our clinic at 208-239-2640.
In case of an emergency please go the Emergency Room or CALL 9-1-1
The Lung and Sleep Disorder Clinic provides consultation and evaluation for patients with pulmonary and respiratory-related diseases, such as asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asbestosis, lung cancer, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, sleep disorders, lung volume reduction, and other pulmonary conditions and disabilities. Our pulmonologists, or pulmonary disease specialist, focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary (lung) conditions and diseases.
The wide array of pulmonary procedures offered by our pulmonary departments include:
- Arterial blood gases
- Lung volumes
- 6-minute walk
- Diffusion capacity
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
- Fiberoptic bronchoscopy
- CT surgery
The clinic also has subspecialty clinics for these specific diagnoses:
- Sleep disorders
- Intensive Care Unit care
Most insurance plans require primary care doctors to refer patients to specialists. As Pulmonary/Sleep specialists we work closely with your primary care provider to coordinate care. Our recommendation to you as a patient is to see your primary care provider for an evaluation and let them generate a referral to us. Once we have received pertinent records/documentation we can then contact you to schedule an appointment. This process safeguards against duplicate tests. All records regarding your treatment can then be shared with your primary care provider for a comprehensive medical history.
Portneuf Medical Group participates with most insurance carriers. Please contact your insurance company for specific participation requirements, visit our Patient Online Services on the link below or you can reach our Medical Practice Central Billing Office at (208)-239-2065
Clinic Medication Management
Our providers are not able to provide medical care or medication prescriptions for non-pulmonary related health problems. Therefore, it is necessary to find a primary care provider who will oversee all other issues.
If prescription refills are related to pulmonary health problems, you must first call your pharmacy; your pharmacy will contact us directly. Please allow 72 hours for this process.
Meet Our Staff
Gus Blad, FNP-BC
Debra Ray, PA-C