First Northland CHF Clinic Opens
L. Brick Rigden, MD
The only one of its kind in the Northland, the new Congestive Heart Failure Clinic was created to help patients become better educated on the CHF disease process, manage medications, have more frequent interactions with CHF clinicians and avoid hospital readmissions. Physicians who want a CHF patient evaluated simply call the clinic for an appointment. Under the direction of co-directors L. Brick Rigden, MD
David Hahn, MD
and David Hahn, MD, patients are evaluated and assessed by Heart Failure Program Coordinator Ann Palmer, FNP-BC who works with Meritas Health Cardiology (formerly Northland Cardiology). Patients will be evaluated within 7-14 days post discharge from the hospital or upon referral from an outpatient office setting. The patient will continue to be monitored every 1-2 weeks along with frequent telephone interactions to help prevent a hospital readmission.
The CHF Clinic Provides:
- Medical Management of CHF
- Symptom Management
- Lab Follow-Up
- IV Therapy
- Education (including dietetic)
- Close Telephone Follow-Up
- Transitional Care Coordination (including Home Health services)
“The goal of the clinic,” says Dr. Rigden, “is to work in tandem with the patient’s primary care physician and cardiologist to manage and coordinate care during acute phases of CHF.”
The clinic also will see medically fragile patients on a regular basis to administer diuretics and offer other services. Clinic visits are an adjunct to patient’s regular cardiology appointments.
The CHF Clinic, which grew from the collaborative efforts of North Kansas City Hospital cardiologists and administrators, is scheduled to move into the new CCDU (Cardiac Clinical Decision Unit) when it opens in December, 2013. The CHF Clinic is currently located in the Meritas Health Cardiology office.
To learn more call, (816) 221-6750.