Archive for August, 2013

August 21, 2013

Success for Heart Failure Patients

First Dedicated Heart Failure Clinic in the Brazos Valley

Around 5.5 Million Americans have been diagnosed with heart failure. Another 700,000 are diagnosed every year. Now, patients struggling with heart failure have a specialty clinic dedicated just to them.

The St. Joseph Heart Failure Clinic is the first of its kind in the Brazos Valley and opened in August.

Heart failure, also known as chronic heart failure (CHF), is a condition in which a person’s heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Many conditions that lead to heart failure can’t be reversed. However, properly managing the disease can vastly improve a patient’s quality of life.

St. Joseph’s Heart Failure Clinic seeks to:

• Alleviate and improve symptoms

• Help patients avoid hospital stays

• Educate and support

• Improve function and quality of life

Ignoring heart failure can lead to severe symptoms, and can, in turn, lead to hospital stays. Nationally, a link has been shown between hospital admissions among heart failure patients and an increased mortality rate.

Heart failure care is part of St. Joseph’s comprehensive cardiac program. From initial diagnosis, our specialists work together to provide a team approach for each individual’s needs.

Mary Meyers-Marquardt, DNP, APRN, ANP, CHFN sees patients. They may be referred by the hospital, cardiologists, pulmonologists, primary care doctors and other specialists.

The clinic is located on the third floor, in Suite 325, of the professional office building on St. Joseph Regional’s 29th Street campus, in Bryan. To contact the Heart Failure Clinic, call 979.774.2146.

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August 12, 2013

Room Service!

herb crusted fishPatients and their families can now order room service at St. Joseph.  The new program is called “Dining In” and includes a menu with 16 different lunch and dinner combinations, 11 sides, around 15 different desserts and a variety of breakfast choices.  All meals are prepared fresh upon order.

Patients may call Dining Services to order a snack or a full meal from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Not only is the program convenient, St. Joseph believes it will benefit patients:

  • Patients eat better when they choose what and when they eat.
  • Patients can eat at their normal mealtimes, which will help keep medication on schedule when they go home.
  • Patients may schedule meals around tests and procedures or when they’re hungry, so food doesn’t arrive when they don’t want it.

Dining In was introduced last week on the Postpartum, Labor & Delivery and Oncology suites.  Over the next several months, all patient rooms will be phased in.

Dietary team members and clinical staff will visit those unable to order a meal.  People on diet restrictions may also use Dining In; their meals will be prepared to their specific modifications.  Guests who prefer not to leave a patient’s room may also order meals.

“St. Joseph is continuously evaluating our services from a patient’s perspective,” said Kathy Krusie, CEO of St. Joseph Regional Health Center.  “Dining In is part of our ongoing effort to provide patient-centered care and improve convenience.”