HCA Midwest Health - December 06, 2017

What can a hospital do for someone with heart failure?

There may be nothing scarier than a loved one being diagnosed with heart failure. The good news is, with the level of today’s medical knowledge, together, we are able to manage the symptoms of heart failure and many people are able to live full and enjoyable lives.

Research Medical Center is one of the leading providers of complete care for people suffering from heart failure. The heart care team includes medical professionals across many disciplines including internists, cardiologists, nurse practitioner, nurses, cardiac rehabilitation staff, dietitians, pharmacist, case managers, and staff from health information and emotional and spiritual care. This comprehensive team can help guide patient and ease some of the stresses they may encounter. From onset, to diagnosis, through the full heart failure treatment journey, we are dedicated to ensuring the best results for all patients.

The Research Medical Center heart failure management program includes:

  • Early stage heart failure management, where we follow the American College of Cardiology American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines for managing and treating heart failure.
  • A Heart Failure Coordinator that provides personalized outpatient care including evaluation of health status, medical optimization, health monitoring, education, and early referral for a device implant, if needed. This coordinator is a Nurse Practitioner that also coordinates all aspects of the program to ensure effective care and smooth transitions.
  • Complete management and follow-up care within seven days post discharge of heart failure patients.
  • A Heart Failure navigator who acts as an advocate for patients and their families, provides education, schedules follow-up visits and helps with questions or concerns.

Research Medical Center was awarded the Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the AHA and the Advanced Heart Failure Certification by The Joint Commission. These awards are representative of our commitment to fostering better results for our patients including a speedy recovery and preventing readmissions.

With the right team and open communication, you can help patients take the steps necessary to improve their quality life and help them feel better.

If you ever have health questions or see a change in health status, please notify your physician. If the situation should ever seem like an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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