the torch Summer 2016, Issue 2 - Page 8

FEATURE Heartfelt gift supports pulmonary fellowship program at Baylor Dallas When businessman Pat O’Brien, who founded Rogers-O’Brien Construction in 1969 with his friend Steve Rogers, was diagnosed with a life-limiting lung disease called chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis, he and his family searched for the best possible care. After exploring several medical options, Pat decided to get his care at the Advanced Lung Disease Center at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis is one of the causes of pulmonary fibrosis and results in the lungs becoming scarred. Coughing and shortness of breath are the common symptoms of this disease. Patients benefit from utilizing a team approach consisting of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and nutritionists. Pat and his family found this compassionate expertise w it h R a nd a l l “R a ndy ” Rosenblatt, M . D., chief of 8 pulmonary and critical care medicine at Baylor Dallas. “From the first time we met Dr. Rosenblatt, it was very obvious that he was an expert in this field and really took a personal interest in Pat,” said Pat’s stepson, Preston McAfee, who now heads Rogers-O’Brien Construction as CEO. “We just had an overall feeling that the whole team there was doing everything that they possibly could for Pat.” Despite living with a disease that causes severe shortness of breath, Pat is holding his own and staying positive. “Dr. Rosenblatt is the best,” Preston said. “He’s even dropped by to check on Pat several times at home. “The value system down at Baylor is just amazing,” Preston said. “They truly walk the talk of being patient- and care-driven.” Charity Golf Tournament Supports Training of Fellows During one of Pat’s doctor’s appointments, a physician in the pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program joined them for part of the visit. After the fellow left the exam room, Dr. Rosenblatt explained to Pat and his family the value that fellows bring to both patients and to Baylor. Pat said, “I really appreciate what Randy’s doing for me, and I want to do something for him.” Shortly thereafter, the family developed plans to host a charity golf tournament in support of the pulmonary and critical care fellowship medicine program. T he Pat O’Brien Cha rit y Invitational Golf Tournament, which took place in the summer of 2015, generated funds from individuals, sponsorships, and a very generous gift from Pat and his wife, Ginger. Including a substantial anonymous gift, a total of $440,000 has been raised for the program.