Cone Health Heart Failure Program Earns Accreditation
The comprehensive heart failure program of Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center has earned a three-year accreditation from the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care. The accreditation process looks at a wide variety of factors – from the resources available for the care of heart failure patients at various stages of the disease to how well Cone Health’s heart failure patients self-manage their conditions.
Nationally, more than 22 percent of those hospitalized with heart failure return to the hospital within 30 days. Cone Health’s rate of return was only 10-12 percent of the time. “Heart failure is a challenging condition. Our commitment to service and excellence in providing care is really benefiting heart failure patients,” said Rich Lundy, Vice President of Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and Imaging Services.
The Cone Health heart failure program partners with emergency departments and Emergency Medical Services to work with heart failure patients as quickly as possible. A team of pharmacists, social workers and case managers stays in touch with patients to answer questions, help them monitor their conditions and stick with their doctor’s recommendations for treatment.
The Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center heart failure program sees more than 100 patients a month.