Anthem recently honored Community Hospital Anderson's Healthy Hearts clinic with a prestigious "Successful Practice Award" for its quality improvement.
Healthy Hearts is a multidisciplinary outpatient service with care provided by referring physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, dietitians and pharmacists. The clinic cares for patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), in an effort to improve their quality of life and decrease hospitalizations and visits to the emergency department. The program allows the staff to spend extensive time with patients, focusing on their individual needs, as well as educating them about their condition, treatment and lifestyle changes.
Healthy Hearts has shown to reduce inpatient admissions for CHF by 85 percent for patients who have been cared for at the center.
Sheri Lantz, family nurse practitioner at the clinic, credited Healthy Hearts' successes to the extra time they are able to spend with patients, as well as the accessibility of their staff members.
While avoiding extra hospitalizations for its patients, Healthy Hearts is able to decrease the financial burdens on the health care system as a whole, as well as individual patients.
"We received this award because our clinic demonstrates quality improvement in our patients' health and also is a model that could be used for an outpatient program for other chronic diseases," said Lantz.