Our physician leadership developed three disease management programs which deal with the primary conditions affecting our patients: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Diabetes.
Being that congestive heart failure patients can feel very sick and may not know how to get the attention they need, this program is designed to educate you, the patient, and your family, about the disease and the behaviors necessary to manage your health. In this program you will learn what to eat and a nutritionist will show you how to read the labels of all your food to avoid too much salt in your diet.
Our Cardiologist, your heart doctor, is a special part of the team. This doctor takes the time necessary to assess your condition, explain to you how to take all your medications, review your care plan and recommend the best treatment to avoid a hospital stay.
Alongside the cardiologist is our pharmacist who works with you to educate you about the importance of you medications. The pharmacist also explains what your medications do and how they can improve your health, if you take them regularly. Something as simple as a water pill, for example, can help eliminate some extra fluids you may have in your body that may cause you to be short of breath.
Our nurse will periodically call you at home to ask you questions about how you’re feeling and ask about your medical needs (telephonic assessment). The nurse asks you about the types of foods you have eaten and listens carefully to your concerns to determine if you need immediate attention by the cardiologist in our team of professionals.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases and as part of the program you’ll visit a lung specialist who knows how to manage your condition. You’ll have access to this doctor, and a team of health professionals, who help you manage your medication intake, provide you with the tools to understand the danger signs of your condition and give you personal attention.
The team has a care manager who works closely with you by calling you and paying special visits to your home when you cannot come to the clinic. The goal of this team is to help you feel better when you are short of breath and to teach you, and your family, when you need to seek immediate medical care.
Nothing is more important than your health. And when you have Diabetes, staying healthy is often more difficult. You may need help in understanding your condition and managing your disease. That’s what our Diabetes disease management program is all about. Our endocrinologist, your Diabetes doctor, is a special part of the team who will provide guidance to help you take control and manage you condition. A new service within our Diabetes program is our Shared Medical Appointment.
How would you like to meet other Diabetic patients who have the same condition and find out what they do to maintain good blood sugar control? Well now you can. At the shared medical appointments, you can have open and confidential conversations with your peers about Diabetes.
If you choose to, you may now sign up to have shared appointments facilitated by a nurse with other patients who have Diabetes. During these sessions you learn about the complications of your condition, how to self-manage you blood glucose, what food you can eat and how to prepare it.
The group of health professionals includes a nurse highly educated in Diabetes, a pharmacist and a nutritionist who helps you manage your Diabetes by setting realistic goals.