About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

News

2010 Press Releases

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Contact: Kathleen Mathieu, 201-939-1844 (office), 201-694-0384 (cell)
kmathieu@trwg.com

Englewood Hospital helps raise the bar for the care of patients with heart failure



“An exceptionally high level of cardiac services and a multidisciplinary approach during and after hospitalization are key to the care of our heart failure patients,” said Jeffrey Matican, MD, chief of cardiology for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is part of a statewide collaborative partnership that is working to reduce hospital readmissions due to heart failure.

More than 50 healthcare organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes and home health and hospice services, are members of the yearlong partnership, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety.

There were several reasons why the Medical Center chose to participate in the project. “We are a national leader in cardiac care, and deeply committed at all times to raising the quality bar,” said Madelyn Pearson, MA, RN, NEA-BC, the Medical Center’s senior vice president of patient care services. “We look forward not only to sharing our best practices with other healthcare organizations, but also to learning about other successful practices that will help us further lower our readmission rate for heart failure patients.

“Our context for treating heart failure patients is a combination of clinical excellence, a commitment to the principles of humanism in medicine, and the involvement of the family as part of the care plan and a positive force in healing,” Ms. Pearson continued.

Improvement in the readmission rate will also bring down costs. The delivery of quality care helps bring about cost reductions, which benefit patients and hospitals alike and strengthens patient care as well as the Medical Center’s financial position.

For Diane P. Lubinski, RN, APN-c, who is leading the Medical Center’s participation in the partnership, the project is a wonderful opportunity to expand her already long service as a nurse. “We’ll be working together extensively to share information that will ultimately make a difference in the lives of patients in a very important and meaningful way,” said Ms. Lubinski, an advanced practice nurse with a particular interest in the geriatric population.

“An exceptionally high level of cardiac services and a multidisciplinary approach during and after hospitalization are key to the care of our heart failure patients,” said Jeffrey Matican, MD, chief of cardiology for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Matican is physician champion chair of the Heart Failure Performance Excellence Team, which develops new protocols to improve outcomes for heart failure patients, and which has been working on reducing readmissions for heart failure patients since last year. This diverse team consists of physicians, advanced practice nurses, home health nurses, pharmacists and a unit clerk who is responsible for routing orders to the appropriate departments.

The Medical Center’s highly regarded Englewood Home Health and Hospice Services also use a multidisciplinary model. Its staff of approximately 79 includes specialized nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, certified diabetes and wound specialists, dieticians, home health aides, and ancillary staff who care for approximately 300 to 350 home bound patients.

“We place great emphasis on patient education at home,” said Katherine Clark, RN-C, MSN, Home Health’s Manager of Disease Management. “For example, to remain safe at home, patients need to learn how to take their medication, chose the right foods and understand the warning signs of their illness. We are, in effect, the eyes of the doctor, as we monitor and assess the patient’s condition on an ongoing basis.”

In addition to visits from the healthcare team, the Home Health Department provides “telehealth” monitors without charge.  These monitors, which measure weight, blood pressure and oxygen levels, and ask disease-related questions, are placed in the patient’s home. Their vital signs are then transmitted by telephone or cellular to a computer at the Home Health offices. “This system allows us to evaluate the patient’s vital signs in a very timely fashion and intervene as early as possible to prevent the patient from going into the hospital.”

One impetus for developing new strategies for treating heart failure patients is the number of elderly patients who are living with the condition, having survived heart attacks that would have been fatal in the past. It’s a relatively growing group of patients with its own unique issues. “I saw five heart failure patients in their eighties and nineties in my office this morning,” said Dr. Matican. “That would have been unheard of 20 years ago.”

Numerous awards and distinctions attest to the excellence of Englewood Hospital’s cardiac program. For four years in a row, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services cited the program for the state’s best survival rate -- 100 percent -- for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. The hospital has received the prestigious HealthGrades Five Star rating for coronary bypass surgery. JD Power, which helps consumers identify premium healthcare, has recognized the hospital for “An Outstanding Cardiovascular Experience.” In addition, Englewood Hospital has been ranked first in New Jersey and third nationwide for heart attack survival by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.