The Center for Heart Care
Medical Office Building
The Center for Heart Care at Ephrata Community Hospital was designed to improve the quality of life for people with heart failure. This goal is accomplished through intensive patient and family education and evidenced-based medicine with advanced therapies when appropriate. Patients are taught to self-manage their chronic disease with close follow-up in the center.
The center is coordinated by nurse practitioners who are experienced with special training in the care and management of patients with heart failure. The program is under the medical direction of a board certified cardiologist.
The program is not designed to take the place of regular care by a family doctor or internist. The staff at the center work as partners in care with each patient’s physician, with regular communication on physical progress and changes in medications. The patient’s physician is always notified in event of emergencies or changes in the patient’s medical condition.
In December 2008, the Heart Failure Program earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Ephrata Community Hospital Disease-Specific Care Certification for Heart Failure Care. For a list of other awards, visit the Commitment to Quality page.
A physician referral is necessary to enter the program. For more information, contact your physician or call the Center for Heart Care at 717-721-5868. Medicare and most major insurance programs cover the program.
The Center for Heart Care is located in the Medical Office Building at 179 North Reading Road. The Medical Office Building is adjacent to the Emergency Department at Ephrata Community Hospital.
Low-Salt Food Pantry
One of the primary goals of the Center for Heart Care is to prevent readmissions to the hospital for heart failure patients. "Many readmissions relate to patients not sticking with a low-salt diet," says Mickey Midei, CRNP, CHFN. "Low-salt foods can be more expensive than other grocery items, and sometimes they are more difficult to find," adds Jessica Hildebrandt, RD, dietitian. "In addition, many food banks don't offer low-salt items." To help patients eat well, The Center for Heart Care launched a Low-Salt Food Pantry. Employees at Ephrata Community Hospital have contributed funds and food items for this important effort. For more information or to donate items, please call 717-721-5868.