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HCR ManorCare, Bethel Park Specializes in Post-Acute Cardiovascular Recovery Services
By Dayna Colaizzi, RN, NHA

Dayna Colaizzi

HCR ManorCare, on Highland Road in Bethel Park is now specializing in Post-Acute Cardiovascular Recovery Services. ManorCare, Bethel Park's post-acute cardiovascular services are an interdisciplinary and individualized approach to delivering medical, nursing and rehabilitation care to patients with cardiovascular disease. Our services focus on:

  • Restoring function
  • Accommodating dysfunction
  • Preventing coronary disability

Some patients may benefit from a comprehensive inpatient program such as ours after completing a hospital stay. Our skilled nursing and rehabilitation center provides inpatient, non-telemetry rehabilitation in a post-hospital or post-acute care setting. We also offer in-house peritoneal dialysis.

Our post-acute cardiovascular recovery services are centered on the philosophy that patient with cardiovascular disease benefit from a specialized level of care during the post-acute recovery phase. Qualified clinicians, medical care providers and other community providers work together to provide health care services to patients with cardiovascular disease to achieve their highest level of quality of life. This may be accomplished through:

  • Maximizing cardiopulmonary function
  • Promoting self-care management
  • Encouraging an independent lifestyle

Our educational services focus on:

  • Development of self-care skills
  • Reinforcement of positive lifestyle behaviors
  • Compliance with the recommended treatment plan
  • Home exercise programs and activity to learn monitoring
  • Adaptive equipment training
  • Comprehensive discharge planning and follow-up care

Education topics may include heart-healthy topics such as blood pressure and medication management, cholesterol and lipid control, diet, nutrition and exercise. Proactive self-care measures such as symptom management, exercise/activity tolerance, and the implementation of stress reducing techniques are often incorporated in education heard toward health promotion, positive lifestyle choices and independence. Specialty cardiovascular services provide support to patients recovering from an acute cardiovascular event, a cardiac related surgery or an exacerbation of a chronic cardiac disease. These diseases may include but are not limited to:

  • Heart failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Diabetes Vascular Complications
  • Unstable Angina
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Endocarditis
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmias
  • Femoral Popliteal Bypass
  • Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Post-Cardiac Interventions (stents, pacemakers, ICD's)
  • Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Post-Cardiac Value Surgery
  • Post-Cardiovascular Surgery

Our discharge planners will work with patients and their families to provide additional community support such as home health care that the patient may need.

To guide the care of our patients recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, our post-acute services utilize current recovery trends which are founded on evidence-based practices. Current recovery management defines the critical features of patient-focused are, well coordinated interdisciplinary services, qualified staff, active patient/family/caregiver participation as well as adherence to clinical guidelines that support evidence based practice and participation in self-management skills.

Dayna Colaizzi is Administrator, HCR ManorCare, Bethel Park. To tour the facility or for more information, call and ask for the Admissions Office at (412) 831-6050.

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