By Maggie Gill, Memorial Health President and CEO
December 9, 2016
In a recent blog post, the American Heart Association noted that the death rates from heart disease and stroke increased in 2015, after decades of decreasing numbers. There’s no obvious cause for the increase, but it’s something that the medical community takes very seriously.
Memorial Health pioneered heart care in our region. We were the site of the region’s first open-heart surgery and we brought the first cardiologist to Savannah. Today, we have the region’s largest cardiology group and some of the most advanced technology to treat heart conditions.
In fact, the heart failure program and heart failure clinic within our Heart & Vascular Institute just earned an Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. The program, physicians, and caregivers had to undergo a rigorous evaluation and survey process to earn the two-year accreditation.
Our heart failure program and clinic create individual care plans for heart failure patients and their families. The care plans emphasize education, adherence to lifestyle changes, and extensive follow-up to help people manage their disease and stay healthy and out of the hospital. This is yet another way that we’re fighting back against heart disease.
Learn more about our Heart & Vascular Institute.