Heart Failure Program
More than 5 million Americans live each year with heart failure. Heart
failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump blood the way
it should. It develops over time as the pumping of the heart grows weaker.
Mary Washington Healthcare is dedicated to helping patients with heart
failure live better lives. We have developed a comprehensive heart failure
program to promote the health and well being of our patients and their
families, providing them with the life skills needed to manage their condition
Inpatient Heart Failure Care
An admission to the hospital may be your first introduction into our coordinated
heart failure program where a specialized group of professionals are available
to provide services to include cardiology, hospitalists, nursing, nutritional
services, pharmacy, and physical/occupational therapy, care management
and palliative care. In addition, we have a dedicated Heart Failure Nurse
Navigator to provide education and assist coordinating your transition
to the outpatient setting.
During your stay, we will provide you with heart failure education and
will make sure you and your family understands your treatment plan. In
addition, Our nurses will provide you with written information about heart
failure, including a daily weight calendar, as well as answer your questions.
Our professionals will also work with you to determine what needs you may
have following discharge. When necessary, our nurses and care management
staff will assist you in making arrangements to ensure you receive the
necessary care after you go home.
Outpatient Heart Failure Maintenance
To facilitate continuous care after leaving the hospital, we have put programs
in place in the community to help our patients manage heart failure and
reduce their trips to the hospital.
Heart & Lung Center - Upon discharge, we encourage all patients that have been diagnosed or
treated for heart failure to develop a maintenance program with the Heart
& Lung Center. This center serves as transitional care from hospital
to home, then as a maintenance or management program.
MWHC Health Link
Nurse Line - When heart failure patients are discharged from the hospital they can
expect to receive a phone call from one of our experienced nurses to ensure
they understand and are compliant with their discharge instruction, follow
up appointments, medication management and more. 540.741.1000, 7 days
a week (6:00 a.m. to midnight).
MWHC Home Health - For patients that are homebound, our home health team can provide disease
management services directly to the patient at home. Nurses with advanced
training in heart failure can provide medication management, answer questions
and educate patients and their families on how to manage symptoms. Dieticians,
social workers and rehabilitation specialists are also part of the Home
The Heart Failure Program at Mary Washington Hospital is committed to continuous
The MWHC Heart Failure Program was ranked as highly performing by US News
and World Report for 2018-19.
Mary Washington Hospital has realized success in improving patient outcomes.
While we are here to provide you care when you need it, our goal is to
also educate you and your families to manage your condition, reducing
the need for frequent and recurring hospital admissions. Through development
of a comprehensive, disease management program that focuses on both inpatient
and outpatient care, we’ve reduced 30-day Heart Failure Readmission
Rates by more than half and are in the top 5% best hospitals in the state