PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
Measure: Discharge instructions

Time Period Ending:  12/31/2012

Rate: 94%

What We Are Doing:
We know that consistently teaching patients how to live with their heart failure has been proven to help keep them well.

  • Our doctors, nurses, Cardiac Rehabilitation department and discharge planners begin educating patients about heart failure in the hospital and give them written instructions to take home.
  • We update and educate our patients about their medications and send this information to their regular healthcare provider when they're discharged.
  • Our new Planned Care team is now looking at ways to continue helping patients manage their own care at home.
  • We now have six full and part-time cardiologists on staff, including heart failure specialists, helping to refine our program to provide care of the highest level.
  • We've created a Transitional Care clinic that ensures patients are seen shortly after discharge to ensure they understand and can follow a treatment plan tailored to their needs.
  • At PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, we see our patients as partners in their healthcare. What our patients understand about medications, diet, and symptoms can make a big difference in helping them stay well.
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