Heart Failure Clinic

Heart Failure Clinic

Heart Failure Clinc


Help is a Phone Call Away

Patients can attend Little Company of Mary's Congestive Heart Failure Clinic with a referral from their healthcare provider.  To learn more about the referral process, call 708-229-4278 (229-HART)


For the millions of people in the United States living with heart failure, managing the condition can be difficult. We recognizes that people with heart failure need extra time, medical attention and education to help keep them healthy and out of the hospital. To help, we’ve created the Little Company of Mary Heart Failure Clinic and it’s already helping area patients live a better life.


Clinic Offers Needed Time, Attention

Little Company of Mary Hospital opened the Heart Failure Clinic in May 2013. The clinic helps patients with severe heart failure, such as those who experience shortness of breath at rest or with minimal exertion. Heart failure often is a condition in which the heart’s pumping ability is weak. As a result, it’s unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. People can develop the condition as a result of a heart attack, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease or other factors. Because people with heart failure often experience a domino effect of symptoms when one complication leads to another many are in and out of the hospital frequently for treatment. Heart failure is a national problem, with approximately 25 percent of heart failure patients are readmitted to the hospital after discharge within just one month. Not only can this be costly for the patient, but it doesn’t prevent future problems. “Heart failure patients who go to the hospital get needed medical care for acute problems. While they’re in the hospital, it is difficult for them to get extensive education or oversight,” explains Thomas Quinn, M.D., Little Company of Mary’s director of Cardiology and medical director of the Heart Failure Clinic. “In our clinic, we have the time to fully devote to individual needs.”


Multidisciplinary Team Benefits Patients

The clinic offers help from a multidisciplinary team of experts, including nurses with specialties in heart failure, diabetes and wound care, pharmacists, dieticians and others who are overseen by theprimary care or consulting physicians. Patients attend the clinic as needed, sometimes multiple times a week. The clinic expects to have more than 1,000 visits the first year alone. “The overall goal of the clinic is to help patients feel better and improve their quality of life by enhancing their ability to manage their disease. This approach can ultimately prevent heart failure–related hospital readmissions,” says Ann Miller, D.N.P., A.P.N./CCNS, advanced practice nurse for the clinic. “Through comprehensive disease-specific education and personalized treatment for the patient and family, we address each patient’s unique needs.” For example, a clinic pharmacist carefully reviews each patient’s medications to ensure they are appropriate and the patient is taking them correctly. A dietitian is consulted for dietary needs, which can help patients manage their condition. Nurses work with the patient’s primary care doctor to assure continuity of care for these complex patients, adjusting medications when necessary.They teach patients how to take their medications, monitor and manage their symptoms and, most importantly, recognize when they need to seek help.

Clinic Partners with Primary Physicians
“We offer an alternative treatment setting for patients with heart failure and work collaboratively with the patient’s regular primary care physician or cardiologist. We work as a team to provide an extra layer of support for our patients,” says Miller. The clinic also provides services such as diagnostic testing and administration of oral or IV medications. Experts at the clinic can recognize and treat early symptoms, which can prevent hospitalization. “We are pleased to provide this full-service heart failure program to people in our community,” says Dr. Quinn. “By offering all facets of care in one easy location,
we help patients live their best life possible


To learn more about the referral process, call 708-229-4278 (229-HART)





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