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 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.
- Health Link - 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.
- 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 Health team.
The Heart Failure Program at Mary Washington Hospital is committed to continuous
quality improvement. Since 2009, Mary Washington Has received recognition
from Get with the Guidelines. In just a few short years, the heart failure
team worked its way from a Bronze award in 2009, Silver in 2010, Gold
in 2011 and they have now maintained Gold Plus, the highest award, since 2012.
Mary Washington Hospital has also 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 of Virginia.