You want answers about your heart and cardiovascular system to be prompt and accurate. In The Heart Center, comprehensive diagnostic testing provides your doctor with the information to treat you quickly and conveniently.
The Heart Center’s professional clinical staff and Board Certified Cardiologists provide these cardiology services in a friendly, convenient and comfortable environment to better serve you the patient.
With the aide of computer processing, images are created showing organs, vessels, and body tissues with great clarity. Wooster Community Hospital uses state-of-the-art technology with our new 64 slice CT scanner. In addition to the high speed and quality images produced by the scanner, new cardiac studies, vessel analysis, and three-dimensional reconstructions can also be performed.
The Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at Wooster Community Hospital is a specialized medical surgical and cardiac unit with private one-bed rooms. This unit was designed to provide our patients and their families with state of the art care, while ensuring privacy and comfort.
Our specialized equipment and unit design allows us to care for patients that require cardiac monitoring, blood pressure readings, specialized catheter readings, and patients who require a higher level of nursing care without having to move them to the Intensive Care Unit. For patients requiring breathing therapy, the Progressive Care Unit has specialized equipment readily available. Our state of the art equipment and specially trained nursing staff allows us to provide compassionate, quality care in a healing setting.
- All Registered Nurses working in the Progressive Care Unit are trained in advanced cardiac life support techniques.
In late 2012, we will open a new Transitional Care Unit. Designed to accommodate and care for patients who are not ready to return home and do not qualify for Inpatient Rehabilitation, this unit and our staff will help patients recover from conditions such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, a stroke, and other illnesses requiring the patient to have additional therapy or assistance.
The goal of the Transitional Care Unit will be to help people get past the hurdles of recovery and back to their lives, work, family, and independent living. Patients may stay a few days or several weeks, depending on their needs.
Services that allow the competitive athlete to maximize their rehab potential are encouraged. A treatment plan based on the nature of the athlete's injury and active involvement of the doctor, coach and parent. Once the safety of the athlete is established we aggressively pursue the goals of the athlete.
If you or someone you know needs help recovering from an illness or injury, Wooster Community Hospital's Home Health Department is at your service. Our professional team of nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides provides in-home care to patients and families in Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties. Our goal is to offer compassionate care while helping patients regain as much independence as possible.
Home Health Services are available to individuals who need skilled care due to an ongoing condition, disability or recent illness. Hospitalization is not required before receiving care. To qualify for our Home Health program, the patient must be under a physician's care and must generally be confined to their home. This means your condition does not permit leaving the home on a regular basis or leaving the home is a hardship.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) make up the majority of patients who are referred to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. However, studies have shown that pulmonary rehabilitation is beneficial for patients with other chronic respiratory diseases that result in a decreased functional capacity or decreased quality of life. This would include patients with restrictive lung disease such as interstitial lung disease and patients with neuromuscular diseases.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs and goals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines are based on clinical practice guidelines and direct that particular components be included in a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program uses exercise and education to help cardiac patients once again enjoy activities they consider important to a high quality of life. The program offers Phase 2 and Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation.
- Patients entering Phase 2 cardiac rehab undergo a detailed assessment and orientation prior to starting the program. A doctor's referral is required. Nurses and an exercise physiologist closely supervise and monitor the group exercise sessions monitoring heart rate and heart rhythms. Blood pressure is also checked. The exercise sessions take place three times per week and normally continue for 12 weeks. Exercise levels are adjusted individually as patients progress through the program. The facility includes a variety of exercise machines. Patients and family members are encouraged to attend classes about healthy lifestyles. At the end of Phase 2 each patient is given an exercise prescription for home exercise to that physical fitness levels can be maintained. Medicare and most commercial insurers cover the cost of the Phase 2 program.
- Phase 3 of cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise maintenance program for those who want to continue exercising in a clinically supervised setting. Participants use the same equipment they used in Phase 2, but no longer wear a heart monitor.
- Education about heart disease is also an important part of the rehabilitation process at Wooster Community Hospital. Patients and their families are given information on a wide variety of topics, all of which are related to recovering from heart disease and preventing future heart disease. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of the heart, cardiac medications, and risk factors associated with heart disease. This education begins while the patient is still in the hospital and is expanded greatly in the outpatient Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. An individual's risk factors are identified early on and strategies for reducing them are outlined.
- Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, losing weight, increasing physical activity levels, controlling blood pressure and reducing blood cholesterol levels can reduce the risk of future heart disease. All participants in the Phase 2 program are referred to a clinical dietitian for advice on healthy eating.
Our goal is to help patients get back to life, family and friends as quickly as possible. Working with each patient and their family, the team designs a highly individualized treatment plan which focuses on potential, not on limitations. This progressive approach strives to meet the needs of everyone involved in the rehabilitation process, including the patients and their loved ones. Some illnesses or events that may require inpatient rehabilitation include stroke, hip fracture, amputation, neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, muscular dystrophy, etc.), rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and others as recommended by your doctor.
You want answers about your heart and cardiovascular system to be prompt and accurate. Here in The Heart Center at Wooster Community Hospital, comprehensive diagnostic testing provides your doctor with the information to treat you quickly and conveniently. The Heart Center’s professional clinical staff and Board Certified Cardiologists provide these cardiology services in a friendly, convenient and comfortable environment.