Spring Hills has launched a new cardiac programme to improve patient Care and reduce costly hospital readmissions and gaps in care.

The programme introduced at three of Spring Hills’ post-acute care facilities in New Jersey seeks to help patients transition from hospital to home.

It features a multidisciplinary medical team that delivers end-to-end cardiac care and care delivery. Every patient who enters the programme has a baseline set, risk assessment, and medications reconciled after entry.

A consulting cardiologist will see the patient once a week, while an attending physician, who leads the patient’s multidisciplinary medical team, will come twice a week. The team communicates with patients’ cardiologists and physicians on a regular basis throughout their stay and once they return home, to protect against compromising gaps in care.

Spring Hills said the programme also provides an alternative to acute hospital settings for those patients with cardiac disease who experience acute exacerbations of their conditions while at home.

Andrew Pecora, who designed the Spring Hills cardiac programme, said: “By increasing the frequency and depth of clinical care and monitoring, we decrease the length of stay and reduce the risk of post-discharge complications, hospital readmissions and ER visits.”

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Spring Hills is claimed to be the first programme in New Jersey to utilise non-invasive hemodynamic technology for cardiac monitoring in a post-acute setting.

Pecora said: “This technology provides on-site clinicians immediate, actionable data points that typically only a hospital can provide.”

Spring Hills, which operates 28 communities in seven states, plans to scale the cardiac programme to support collaboration with more partners.