Congestive Heart Failure

Patients with heart failure who come to GHS for care will find state-of-the-art cardiovascular and congestive heart failure observation units and a dedicated heart failure inpatient unit. Our care model includes multidisciplinary rounds with physicians and physician extenders and with representatives from nursing, pharmacy and social work. A dedicated heart failure clinic serves to follow patients closely, prevent readmission to the hospital, improve quality of life, coordinate advanced heart failure care when necessary, and help patients and their families cope with congestive heart failure (CHF).

Congestive Heart Failure Program

The Congestive Heart Failure Program identifies congestive heart failure (CHF) patients throughout the health system and provides quality education, optimal medical/nursing care and therapy. Our goal is to take failure out of heart failure and make it heart success!

Program success stems from the full integration of heart life education, nutrition education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, case management, social services, geriatric inpatient team, and in some instances the Palliative Care Team, all under the leadership of the CHF Coordinator. The program also provides continuity of care and appropriate discharge navigation and planning for all patients with the diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure. For select patients, GHS engages in close collaboration with other medical centers to provide advanced heart failure treatments like heart assist devices and heart transplant when appropriate.

GHS has a dedicated heart failure program Nurse Navigator,  who facilitates patient care to achieve the best outcomes possible by working collaboratively with a team of experienced HeartLife nurses, who educate the patient and their family while in the hospital, and follow-up with patients by phone  soon after their discharge. The Heart Failure Team coordinates care, along with comprehensive home health services, physicians, case managers and social workers, including tele-health monitoring services.

Our program follows Best Practice Standards for CMS (Center of Medicaid and Medicare Services) Reportable Outcomes and offers evidence-based and outcomes-driven care. We have achieved an exceptionally low hospital readmission rate, one that places us in the top five hospitals listed in U.S. News & World Report. Our aquapheresis program has had excellent results.

Aggressive management of CHF has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and prolong life. When a patient is referred to the clinic, he or she undergoes an initial consultation by a trained heart failure nurse and a plan of treatment is developed that includes medication, diet, and activity.

For additional information call (864) 455-2432. (Internal medicine clinic)

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