Wyoming Medical Center is one of 35 hospitals selected for ACC Patient Navigator Program
By The Pulse Nov 4, 2014
Written by Michelle Gaither, registered nurse
Nearly one in five patients hospitalized with heart attack and one in four patients hospitalized with heart failure are readmitted within 30 days from discharge. Readmissions can be related to issues like stresses within the hospital, fragility on discharge, lack of understanding of discharge instructions and an inability to carry out discharge instructions.
Throughout our history, Wyoming Medical Center has focused on providing high quality care that produces the best possible patient outcomes. Now, we’ve added another tool to our quality improvement tool belt by becoming a member of an exciting new pilot program offered by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), with support from founding sponsor AstraZeneca, called the Patient Navigator Program.
The ACC Patient Navigator Program seeks patient-centered solutions that will attend to patients’ functional disabilities, stressors, and other issues that increase their risk. One of the main goals is to make the patient’s hospitalization less stressful and the recovery period more supportive. The Patient Navigator Program will support a team of caregivers to help patients overcome challenges during their hospital stay and in the weeks following discharge when they are most vulnerable. We want patients to make a seamless transition from the hospital to home.
Leveraging information from the ACC’s National Cardiology Data Registry and the Hospital to Home Initiative, Wyoming Medical Center will utilize and expand upon improvement strategies, toolkits and other best practices learned from communities within these programs in more than 1,500 hospitals in the U.S.
Nurse Michelle Gaither works with Wyoming Medical Center's Cardiovascular Service Line, a program working to improve cardiovascular systems of care at the hospital. Remember: In a heart attack , every second matters. Call 9-1-1 if you think you are having a heart attack. Survive, don't drive. Email Michelle at mgaither@wyomingmedicalcenter.