DeWITT, N.Y. — St. Joseph’s Health Cardiovascular Institute announced it has opened a heart-failure clinic at its Brittonfield cardiology office at 4939 Brittonfield Parkway in the town of DeWitt.
The heart-failure clinic will provide early follow-up (within one week) to patients without an established physician/cardiologist and provide care for the uninsured. It will also serve as a “bridge” for patients who aren’t able to make a follow-up appointment within one week.
“We see it time and again. People end up in the emergency department with heart conditions and when they are released, they don’t see a cardiologist fast enough, or they don’t start their medications right away,” Dr. Russell Silverman, medical director of the St. Joseph’s Health heart-failure clinic and chief medical officer at Rome Memorial Hospital, said in a release. “This can cause continuing heart issues. The incorporation of the heart-failure clinic at St. Joseph’s Health will further improve access to timely, quality care and improve outcomes for our heart failure patients.”
The heart-failure clinic is a “strategic partnership” with University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). URMC cardiologists Drs. Leway Chen and Mark Tallman will each see patients at the Brittonfield location, “reducing the need for patients to travel to Rochester for routine care,” St. Joseph’s Health said.
Developing an advanced heart-failure treatment clinic also allows St. Joseph’s Health to provide care to its LVAD (left ventricular assist device) patient community, a service that is not currently available.
Heart failure affects about 5.7 million people in the U.S. and is “escalating rapidly,” with about 550,000 newly diagnosed cases annually, the release stated.
“Strategic” placement of the heart-failure clinic within the Brittonfield practice offers availability to stress, echo, and electrocardiogram (EKG) services, along with access to on-site medical cardiologists. It also supports the goal of reducing preventable readmissions in heart-failure patients, St. Joseph’s Health contends.