Associates recently gathered for the blessing and dedication of the new Heart Failure and Transitional Care Clinic at Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa, but patients are already being seen at what is now the second clinic of its type in Kansas.
“We help patients better manage their symptoms, get connected with community resources and medication assistance programs and get the support they need to live with chronic disease,” says Alison Hodge, the social worker who manages Ascension Via Christi’s Transitional Care clinics and programs.
The new clinic is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The goal: Reduce avoidable ER visits and hospital re-admissions among two specific patient populations: Those who do not have or are unable to see a primary care physician following their discharge from the hospital and those who are living with heart failure.
The Transitional Care clinics and programs at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis continue to help patients access the needed resources to comply with treatment and improve their quality of life.
“Our first patient at our St. Teresa clinic had been coming to St. Francis and doing very well, but was thrilled to begin receiving the same services only closer to home,” says Hodge