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Office Announcement

Please be aware that our physicians are obligated to respond to and care for the COVID patients in the local hospitals. The hospital admissions are currently at the highest and we are working extremely hard for those patients who are requiring our assistance. These situations are a matter of life and death. As a result, you may experience a longer wait while in the office. Unfortunately, appointments may also have to be rescheduled if we are not able to leave the hospital.

We have faith that the COVID pandemic will eventually slow down, so we can return to our previous schedules. However, we must continue to serve our local community. Please understand that you do matter to us and we apologize for the delays and obstacles.

Pulmonary Sleep and Critical Care Specialists

Happy 4th of July 2021

Dr. Soto Using New Technology at Fawcett Memorial Hospital to Detect Early Stage Lung Cancer

Dr. Edgardo Soto de la Rosa, pulmonologist, performs a minimally invasive robotic-assisted bronchoscopy at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.

Port Charlotte, FL (June 16, 2021) – Fawcett Memorial Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Charlotte County to offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted bronchoscopy for patients with lung nodules.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.  “A large contributing factor is lung cancer has no symptoms in its early stages. This innovative technology provides improved vision, reach and control for bronchoscopic procedures, and holds potential for an earlier diagnosis. We are excited and proud to bring this life-saving technology to our communities.”

There are a variety of diagnostic options currently available for lung cancer, but all have limitations in accuracy, safety, or invasiveness. Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is a newer technology that allows for earlier detection of lung cancer with greater accuracy. This minimally invasive procedure is safer than CT-guided lung biopsy and unlike a traditional bronchoscopy, the robotic platform gives the physician the ability to obtain tissue samples of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the lung to determine an accurate and timely diagnosis.


Coronavirus Announcement: We have successfully incorporated various infection control protocols and are proud to WELCOME our patients back into our office. We will continue to prescreen all of our patients prior to appointments and offer telehealth to our patients who request a telehealth visit or are symptomatic or do not pass the presceening requirements. We also have a Triage Nurse who is available for our patients who may have immediate questions or concerns during this time.

We would like to thank all of our patients who have stayed with us during this pandemic and trusted in us with their care. We also admire and appreciate everyone who has received the vaccine in support of preventing the spread of the virus, saving lives, and supporting the medical community!

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