LEBANON, OH- In an effort to prevent readmission to an acute care hospital a new cardiac program has been developed at Otterbein Lebanon that provides treatment and rehabilitation for patients admitted with a cardiac diagnosis. The program’s protocols will be used by specially trained nursing staff to improve detection of acute cardiac symptoms, therefore reducing the need for re-hospitalization. Capabilities such as on-site telemetry (EKG) and cardiac rehabilitation are now available on the Lebanon campus as part of this new program.  Otterbein Lebanon is one of the first rehabilitation communities in the area to offer real-time EKG which will allow a patient or resident’s cardiac rhythms to be regularly monitored. Program protocol also calls for care pathway assessments upon admission, on day two and every other day beginning with day three as well as the day before discharge.

Developed by nationally recognized cardiologist Rajan Krishnamani, this system is one that will greatly assist residents and patients with cardiac needs or that are at risk of a cardiac event. Dr. Krishnamani describes the new program as “a proactive program involving care givers and patients under the direction of a physician to improve quality of life in heart failure.”  An interdisciplinary approach between the primary physician, physician extenders, nursing, nutritional services, rehabilitation services, social services and home care will be used in order for the patient to manage their cardiac condition and return to the highest level of function possible.

Patients or residents with a documented diagnosis of heart failure will be considered for participation in the program with the approval of their primary physician. The heart condition can be a new diagnosis or a chronic condition. They may be admitted directly from home, hospitals, assisted living facilities, rehab, long-term care, residential care, or health care facilities.

David Zack, administrator at Otterbein is excited about the new program stating that, “we are committed to investing in programs and education that improve the care of our patients/residents and that reduce the chance of hospitalizations.  Our care teams have completed additional training specific to these cardiac protocols. It’s one more way we work to maintain our 5-Star status with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and achieve positive outcomes for our residents and their families.”

Otterbein’s hospital readmission rates are among the lowest in the state and even the nation. The average hospital readmission rate within 30 days of discharge in Ohio is 25 percent and 21 percent in the nation; Otterbein Lebanon’s average is only 10.6 percent. Otterbein’s goal with this new program is to reduce that number even further. 

For more information about Otterbein’s cardiac program or to make a referral, please call our admissions department at 513-696-8556.

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is a faith-based non-profit health and human services ministry, serving over 3,300 people annually, and related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein has five full-service retirement communities, five skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods, a home health agency, and hospice care.