Scott & White Hospital, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was named one of 14 hospitals in the country and the only one in Texas to participate in the American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program.

The program is a first of its kind in cardiology. It is designed to support hospitals in providing personalized services to heart disease patients and help them avoid returning to the hospital.

“We are honored to be selected for participation in this program,” said Dr. Gregory Dehmer, director for the division of cardiology at the Temple hospital. “We see some patients being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. There are times when this is absolutely necessary, but many times the readmission should be preventable.”

According to the cardiology college, one in four patients hospitalized with heart failure is readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

The reasons are often unrelated to the original diagnosis.

Readmissions can be related to issues such as stresses within the hospital, fragility on discharge, lack of understanding discharge instructions and inability to carry out discharge instructions.

The program was developed to support a team of caregivers to help patients overcome challenges during their stays in the hospital and the weeks following their discharges.

The chosen hospitals were given funding to create a program supporting an enhanced culture of patient-centered care, so they can be implemented at other medical facilities.

“Scott & White Memorial is a pioneer in a new approach to heart disease treatment and care that puts emphasis on a team approach to meeting patients’ ongoing needs and helping patients make a seamless transition from the hospital to the home,” said Dr. John G. Harold, the college’s president.

By the end of 2015, the program plans to enroll at least 35 hospitals.

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