GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Heart & Vascular Center was awarded first place for long-term follow-up care of vascular patients out of 28 hospitals in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky who participate in the Midwest Vascular Collaborative. The center treats patients with vascular – or circulatory – diseases such as carotid, aortic and peripheral artery diseases.
The goal of the collaborative is to improve patient care by collecting and analyzing data across a region. The award was for the period of June 2014 to June 2015. (The Society of Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative supports the regional chapters.)
“Following up with vascular patients can be challenging. Many patients with vascular disease have multiple risk factors such as heart disease, cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and alcohol use. In addition, they may require extra encouragement to take their medications and to keep their scheduled office visits for follow-up care,” explained Ram Khattri Chettri, MBA-HCM, MS, MATS, NP-C, RN, service line administrator for Goshen Heart & Vascular Center. “They’re a tough population to get to come to appointments – and yet they’re the patients who may need us the most.”
And, yet the follow up is crucial to the patient because it reduces the likelihood of major complications including premature death, amputation of a limb, hospital readmission and having additional procedures. Appointments are scheduled the first month after the treatment, then every third month from the intervention and annually.
To participate in the Midwest Vascular Collaborative, Goshen Heart & Vascular Center must be a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) registry, track and send data to the registry on the outcomes of procedures such as amputation-free survival rates of patients, their hospital length of stay, guideline medication therapies prescribed, length of their hospital stays and any major complications.
“This award shows we are exceptional at taking care of patients with vascular disease,” said Khattri Chettri. “We’ve proven it’s possible for a small regional hospital in a small town to deliver the best heart and vascular care the country has to offer. And, we believe the people of our communities deserve the highest quality of care that is available to people in the best centers of the country.”