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Advanced Heart Failure Recovery Program comes to Deptford Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

The Deptford Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare and Lourdes Cardiology have launched a partnership designed to improve the quality of life and reduce readmission rates for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients in the South Jersey area. Working together, the Deptford Center staff and Lourdes Cardiology team will help CHF patients manage their condition under carefully developed and supervised protocols.

This partnership pairs the Cardiac Recovery program at the Deptford Center with experts from the Lourdes Cardiology Heart Failure Center, the region’s largest and most experienced team. “We are pleased to be working together with the Deptford Center and have been impressed with their commitment, training, and facilities. The Center’s team has demonstrated an ability to meet critical performance measures necessary for long-term success in CHF patients,” said Dr. Jerome Horwitz, President of Lourdes Cardiology.

Kenny Rozenberg, CEO of Centers Health Care, said “The Deptford Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare is uniquely qualified among all the members of the Centers Health Care family to provide cardiac recovery services. Their training and preparation, and the depth of expertise here, is just one more demonstration of our commitment to improving the lives of patients with a diagnosis of heart failure.”

“All of our staff involved with our Cardiac Recovery program have successfully demonstrated, through a rigorous training program and examination, that they possess the ability to understand and clinically manage patients with heart failure. Our expectation as partners with Lourdes Cardiology is to elevate the standard of care necessary to address the growing population suffering from heart failure and to create a new standard for recovery,” added Rozenberg.

Ginny Trickett, Director of Nursing at the Deptford Center, together with the education team at Centers Healthcare and Dr. Horwitz, designed and coordinated the facility-wide clinical training efforts necessary to drive the Cardiac Recovery program forward.

“Effectively treating someone with heart failure requires a holistic approach. It’s about addressing the whole person, from providing a low-sodium, heart healthy diet and managing their daily physical therapy routine, to assisting them when they return to their own homes,” said Trickett.   “For example, the team would ensure that patients have access to a scale so they can weigh themselves daily. Any overnight increase of just a few pounds could be an early warning of an impending problem that could be addressed immediately through a change in medication or diet via an outpatient visit.”

All of Deptford’s direct care clinical staff have received specific Centers Certification in heart failure and Cardiac Recovery. “Deptford has demonstrated their ability to manage high-acuity patients. They are committed to working with our team to aggressively manage CHF and to reduce hospital readmissions,” added Dr. Horwitz.

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About Centers Health Care

The Deptford Center joined the Centers Health Care family in 2011. Centers Health Care is comprised of some of the leading providers of healthcare services in New York and New Jersey, twenty-five of which specialize in skilled nursing and rehabilitation.

Additional members of the Centers Health Care family include Senior Care, the largest private ambulance and ambulette service in New York City, as well as a medical transportation company, two home health care companies, a managed care company and a medical education company providing on-going in-service training to Centers’ staff. Centers faciities also operate eight fully accredited Adult Day Care Centers, two state-of-the-art Renal Dialysis Centers and recently introduced an all new Assisted Living Program. More than 7,500 dedicated staffers and caregivers have over 4,000 residents and patients under their care throughout the Centers Health Care family.

Centers facilities are well-known as innovators in the industry, pioneering new services and protocols to ensure their residents are not only medically cared for in a safe, clean and nurturing environment, but that they enjoy their lives to the fullest each day.

Through their family of skilled nursing facilities, Centers Health Care offers acute and sub-acute care, welcoming patients with very diverse needs including those on ventilators, bariatric patients, and those suffering with heart failure, HIV, dementia or in need of dialysis or specialized nutritional services including TPN.

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About Lourdes Cardiology

Lourdes Cardiology are the leading provider of heart and vascular services in the Southern New Jersey region. With over 50 cardiologists and office locations in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem and Atlantic Counties, Lourdes Cardiology offers a sophisticated array of cardiac services, including advanced medical, interventional, electrophysiology, vascular care and cardiothoracic surgery. Lourdes Cardiology offers the most experienced outpatient heart failure program in the area. If inpatient care is needed, Lourdes Cardiology serves patients in hospitals throughout the region, including Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, which has been recognized as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals ® by Truven Health Analytics and by Healthgrades for its outstanding cardiac care, including recognition as a 5-star hospital for heart failure care for 12 years in a row and as America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for Cardiac Surgery for 2015.

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