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WakeMed One of 11 Hospitals Chosen to Start a Patient Navigator Program

Home to the state’s leading heart program, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is one of only 11 healthcare systems nationwide chosen to participate in the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) new Patient Navigator Program.

The first cardiology program of its kind, the new Patient Navigator Program is designed to support hospitals in providing personalized services to heart disease patients and help them avoid a quick return to the hospital.

“We partner with patients, families and providers to achieve the highest quality of heart health and well-being,” commented Betsy Gaskins-McClaine, vice president, WakeMed Heart & Vascular Services.  “Our participation in this program is an extension of our leadership in cardiovascular care and our continued commitment to coordinate care and ensure cardiac patients are receiving the right treatments at the right time in the right place.”

According to the ACC, nearly one in five patients hospitalized with heart attack and one in four patients hospitalized with heart failure are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, often for conditions seemingly unrelated to the original diagnosis.

WakeMed was chosen by the ACC because of its commitment to quality demonstrated by participation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry and Hospital to Home program.