Memorial Hospital selected for American College of Cardiology Program

- Program designed to support heart failure patients and reduce hospital readmissions -

TEMPLE, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has been selected as one of 14 hospitals in the country, and the only hospital in Texas, to participate in the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program. The Patient Navigator Program is the first of its kind in cardiology designed to support hospitals in providing personalized services to heart disease patients and help them avoid a quick return to the hospital.

"We are honored to be selected for participation in this program. We see some patients being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. There are times when this is absolutely necessary, but many times the readmission should be preventable," said Gregory Dehmer, MD, director for the division of cardiology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple. "Being part of this program will allow Scott & White to collaborate and share ideas with other high performing institutions and explore ways to reduce readmissions. Through our integrated model, we know working together with other institutions gives patients the best opportunity of having favorable outcomes."

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. Readmissions can be related to issues like stresses within the hospital, fragility on discharge, lack of understanding discharge instructions and inability to carry out these instructions.

The ACC created the Patient Navigator Program to support a team of caregivers at selected hospitals to help patients overcome challenges during their hospital stay and in the weeks following discharge when they are most vulnerable. Hospitals chosen were given funding to establish a program that supports an enhanced culture of patient-centered care that can be implemented in other hospitals in the future. AstraZeneca is the founding sponsor of the ACC Patient Navigator Program.

"The ACC Patient Navigator Program will serve as a test for innovative, patient-centered solutions to address issues that impact patient health and patient readmissions," said ACC President John G. Harold, MD, MACC. "Scott & White Memorial is a pioneer in a new approach to heart disease treatment and care that puts emphasis on a team approach to meeting patients’ ongoing needs and helping patients make a seamless transition from the hospital to the home."

By the end of 2015, the ACC will enroll at least 35 hospitals in the Patient Navigator Program.

About Baylor Scott & White Health

Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For more information visit

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements 

The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

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Deke Jones

December 18, 2013

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