The partnership, formed between the hospital’s heart center and Alaris, will allow transplant, heart failure and coronary bypass patients to leave the hospital earlier while still receiving care coordinated by Beth Israel’s team.
Dr. Abraham Warshaw, vice president of clinical services at Beth Israel, said the partnership takes the interaction between the hospital and its subacute partners a step further.
With training provided by the heart center’s staff, as well as an on-staff nurse from Beth Israel, Warshaw said the dedicated unit in West Orange reinforces the goal of “patients treated with the right resources at the right time at the right place.”
“This represents the ongoing shift of care, whenever possible, to a setting outside of the hospital,” Warshaw said. “It’s really an extension of our program.”
Warshaw said familiarity with heart center procedures will keep readmissions of patients down, no matter how complex their health issues.
He also said, by being able to transfer patients out of the hospital earlier in their recovery, more inpatient beds will become available for those needing transplants or complex cardiac care. Beth Israel already has the third-largest heart transplant program in the country.
Alaris has 17 affiliated centers in New Jersey that provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care.