Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the recent opening of the hospital’s Heart Center, during a program with about 40 members of the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce Oct. 23. The center offers one-stop, comprehensive, patient-centered services, provided by a team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists and advanced practice nurses, all of whom have a track record of diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease.
Additionally, patient education services and support groups, such as a congestive heart failure clinic and smoking cessation program, are part of the center’s program. It also offers transitional care visits for congestive heart failure patients who are being discharged, to assure a physician is available to see them in a timely fashion after discharge. The center also assists patients with understanding chronic disease conditions, as well as understanding and compliance with medications and other treatment guidelines. Shown, from left, are Eias Jweied, MD, PhD, cardiothoracic surgeon; Sammi Dali, MD, cardiologist; James Callaghan, MD, hospital president; Aparajita Das, MD, noninterventional cardiologist; Scott Mundell, Franciscan Alliance regional director of business development; Lyn Stevens, nurse practitioner; and Jill Nygren, hospital vice president of quality and patient services.