Englewood Health announces advance heart failure program in partnership with ColumbiaDoctors

Goal is to improve patient outcomes by extending advanced heart failure care to local communities

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Working in collaboration with cardiologists from Englewood Health, ColumbiaDoctors experts will be offering consultations to advanced heart failure patients hospitalized at Englewood Hospital, the groups announced Thursday.

Outpatient care also will be provided by the two institutions, with ColumbiaDoctors providing heart failure care. The collaboration aims to reduce readmissions and improve outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure by expanding access to a world-class program in Bergen County.

Dr. Joseph De Gregorio, executive director of cardiovascular services at Englewood Hospital, was thrilled to make the announcement.

“One of our goals is to work together to establish a robust remote patient monitoring program to track and effectively manage care for heart failure patients in the outpatient setting,” he said. “This collaboration enables our health system to enhance our program by leveraging the expertise and resources of one of the world’s premier heart failure programs, benefiting some of our most critically ill patients.”

Advanced heart failure is a progressive and debilitating condition that requires strict adherence to therapies and lifestyle changes. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for adults 65 and older, and patients with heart failure are frequently readmitted to a hospital.

This partnership can have impact, said Dr. Hillary Cohen, the chief medical officer at Englewood Hospital.

“The launch of the Englewood Health and ColumbiaDoctors advanced heart failure collaboration exemplifies the dedication of our medical staff and community physicians to advancing cardiac care,” she said. “Through this initiative, our patients will benefit from all the expertise, research and technology of Columbia’s heart failure program right in their own community.”

Dennis Katechis, the chief of noninvasive cardiology at Englewood Hospital, agreed.

“The Englewood Health and ColumbiaDoctors advanced heart failure collaboration represents a significant milestone in our commitment to enhancing cardiac care for our communities,” he said. “We have been at the forefront of advanced cardiac care for northern New Jersey and the surrounding regions.

“Through this collaboration with ColumbiaDoctors, we will continue to strive to deliver the best possible care to our patients.”