Parkview has one of the first collaborative inpatient congestive treatment centers in the region, with a specialized clinical care coordinator and physician champion. The standard of care on the unit helps to maximize patient outcomes and educate patients and their families about congestive heart treatment. Rather than focus on heart failure, the center's approach is to preserve heart function.
This one-of-a-kind center includes a private 18-bed unit and provides a full continuum of care for patients – from hospitalization to support for patients and their families who are at home, living with the disease.
Patients are cared for by physicians and clinical staff who understand the challenges of successfully managing heart failure through:
- Thorough diagnosis
- Treatment and medication plans that reflect national heart failure treatment guidelines
- Education that helps patients understand and manage their condition, improve and maintain their quality of life and minimize the need for hospitalization and emergency department care
- Assistance with lifestyle changes
- Coordination in managing other health conditions
- Answers to questions via telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Access to support groups, nutrition services, social work and cardiac rehabilitation program services
- Follow-up contact with patients
- TeleHealth home health services
Parkview’s multidisciplinary approach to maintaining heart function helps individuals avoid unnecessary hospital re-admissions. In the TeleHealth program, home health personnel help bridge the gap between hospital and home. They provide monitoring equipment and education so that heart patients and their families are comfortable monitoring heart function at home.