Center for Heart Care
WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
169 Martin Ave.
Ephrata, PA 17522
Mon 8 am - 4:30pm
Tue 8 am - 4:30pm
Wed 8 am - 4:30pm
Thu 8 am - 4:30pm
Fri 8 am - 4:30pm
The Center for Heart Care at WellSpan 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 WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital Disease-Specific Care Certification for Heart Failure Care. For a list of other awards, visit our Awards & Accreditations 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.
We recognize that heart failure patients spend a lot of money on medications and often need to utilize food banks to extend their dollar. Food bank products are often high in sodium. The Center for Heart Care’s Low-Salt Food Pantry was developed to provide items to our patients that support a less than 2,000 mg sodium diet to help them meet their dietary goals and further prevent readmission to the hospital.
The food pantry is open to our patients twice a month. We also allow patients to select items when they are in for their appointment. The Center for Heart Care offers a limited Low-Salt Food Pantry at our Garden Spot Village location as well. Employees at WellSpan 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.
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