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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Continuum of care for heart failure patients focus of seminar

INDIANAPOLIS – Staff from local extended care facilities and home health agencies will hone their skills in caring for patients with heart failure at a May 9 seminar sponsored by Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center and St. Francis Medical Group Indiana Heart Physicians (IHP).

Heart Failure Care: We’re in it Together gets under way at 8 a.m. in the basement auditorium at the Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Av.) Nearly 130 health professionals, including representatives from extended care facilities, home health agencies and other local hospitals, are registered to attend.

Led by Polly Moore, M.D., an IHP cardiologist and co-director of the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Failure Care Clinic, topics will include the signs, symptoms and care for heart failure; nutritional concerns; patients’ experiences at the hospital; medications for heart failure, and end-of-life issues.

“The education is directed toward care providers from all areas so they can better understand their role in caring for patients after they are discharged from hospitals,” said Moore. “In virtually all areas of heart care, communication is the key.”

Promoting care coordination and communication across providers has been a major focus at Franciscan St. Francis Health. Earlier this year, Franciscan Alliance announced it had become Indiana’s first and only Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The Franciscan Alliance ACO works on similar initiatives to promote better health for Medicare patients, using increased communication, education, and information-sharing among healthcare providers.
Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States with heart failure patients responsible for 12 to 15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days.
The Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center received a three-year full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) in 2011. The Heart Center demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists.

Franciscan St. Franci Health-Indianapolis was ranked No. 1 in Indiana for Overall Cardiac Services; awarded five stars for Heart Failure Care (2008-12); and received five starts for Heart Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery by HealthGrades in 2012.

Hospital surgeons treat the most complex cases, using the latest devices and participating in cutting-edge research. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center was the first hospital in America to use innovative next generation valve technology during surgery.  

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