Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital
What is the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital?
The Aultman Heart Center and Alliance Community Hospital have partnered to deliver the most complete heart care to the Alliance community. This partnership focuses on two hospitals working together as a team to deliver exceptional cardiac care to patients in need, superior education to the nursing staff and an overall quality, patient experience. The program was designed to provide comprehensive cardiac care to the residents of Alliance and surrounding communities. Should the medical needs of the patient go beyond the services offered at Alliance, a smooth and streamlined process has been established to transfer patients to the Aultman Heart Center. The Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital will remain dedicated to the communities it serves.
Where is the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital located?
The Aultman Heart Center is located in Alliance Community Hospital. The partnership incorporates a collaborative model of care within the existing walls of the Alliance hospital. The Aultman Heart Center emphasizes the highest level of care from the same Alliance Community Hospital the residents have grown to know and love.
What services are provided?
The program offers enhanced noninvasive cardiac diagnostic testing and services such as: echocardiograms (echo), stress testing, electrocardiograms (EKG) and sleep studies. The staff has undergone additional training to receive the same comprehensive cardiovascular education provided to the staff at the Aultman Heart Center. Clinical staff members who provide care to patients have been challenged to continuously pursue a higher level of practice, knowledge and skill. This means whether you come for an outpatient test or get admitted to the hospital for a cardiac illness, the staff has advanced clinical judgment while advocating for your individual needs. All of these services will remain right here at Alliance Community Hospital.
Who is providing the care?
The clinical staff of Alliance Community Hospital provides the high-quality cardiac care to the residents of the Alliance community. The coordination of patient care is led by Stephanie Boyd, MSN, RN, the on-site director of the program. She provides hands-on training and assists in the care provided by the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital.
John Prodafikas, M.D., F.A.C.C., of Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC), is the medical director of the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital. Together, Stephanie, the cardiologists of Cardiovascular Consultants and the staff at Alliance Community Hospital ensure the residents of the community have access to cardiac services close to home.
Cardiovascular Consultants is a full-service cardiology group specializing in electrophysiology (EP), interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiac surgery clearance and clinical cardiology. Cardiovascular Consultants is a group of 18 physicians, along with seven advanced practice and registered nurses, dedicated to your care. This level of expertise combined with the ease of transfer to Aultman Hospital, if necessary for critical cases, is what makes this partnership unique.
Why is this partnership important?
The Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital was designed to provide the best heart care close to home. Alliance Community Hospital performed a needs assessment to identify opportunities for improvement and to expand services to ensure the highest quality of care is provided. These areas included: cardiac disease management, continued access to affordable health care, better access to community services, and community outreach and development.
The collaboration in cardiac care between both hospitals originated from an 18-year relationship within the Independent Hospital Network (IHN), in which Aultman Hospital and Alliance Community Hospital are members of this five hospital network. The IHN was established to ensure the five area community hospitals remain not-for-profit facilities that are locally owned and managed. Member hospitals work together to improve patient care, increase patient satisfaction and reduce expenses. The IHN provides support services to member hospitals including emergency planning, accreditation assistance, continuing education, supply purchasing, and cost reduction.