2016 Sentara Heart Annual Report

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Sentara Obici Hospital

Located in Suffolk, Va, Sentara Obici Hospital provides residents of the Western Tidewater region with exceptional cardiac care. In 2014, the hospital performed 601 cardiac procedures, including 393 catheterizations, 28 interventions and 180 implantable devices. Obici is the proud recipient of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Award for outstanding cardiac care.

In 2013, Sentara Obici Hospital initiated a pilot program in conjunction with Sentara Heart Hospital to reduce hospital readmissions for patients with heart failure (HF). Nursing staff at the HF Clinic ensure that patients receive regular monitoring for key vitals such as weight, blood pressure and breathing issues. This enables the cardiac staff to detect problems early and start appropriate interventions before a patient’s condition worsens and requires hospitalization. Since its inception, hospital readmission rates for HF patients have dropped. Similar programs are now ongoing at other Sentara hospital locations.

The highly skilled heart team at Sentara Obici Hospital provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including heart catheterizations, electrocardiography (EKG), transesophageal echocardiography (ECG), stress and pharmacologic stress ECGs, Doppler echo studies, nuclear imaging, tilt table testing, and Holter and event monitoring. Additional cardiac services include emergent interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, implantable devices, and cardiac rehabilitation. In the hospital’s state-of-the-art cath lab, approximately 60 percent of cardiac catheterizations are done transradially through the wrist.

Sentara BelleHarbour, an outpatient medical center with a 24-hour emergency department in North Suffolk, is part of the Sentara Obici Hospital network. Both use the web-based LIFENET system to help diagnose heart attacks in the field and transmit EKG data to their emergency departments. Thanks to this system, local EMS can transmit an EKG to the medical facilities, enabling emergency department personnel to immediately prepare for a patient’s arrival. The heart teams at Sentara Obici Hospital and Sentara BelleHarbour have detailed advance notice of a patient’s arrival and an unrivaled set of data for managing the patient’s care.

They also provide the community with quarterly Pocket EKG heart screenings. Annually, cardiac teams use EKGs, bloodwork and vital tests to screen approximately 150 members of the community for signs of cardiac distress. Participants receive pocket-size, laminated cards with the screening results.

The 168-bed Sentara Obici Hospital is named for the founders of Planters Nut Company. The Obici family’s charitable trust helped to finance the hospital’s development.