Healthy Lives Program
At Monmouth Medical Center
The Healthy Lives Program at Monmouth Medical Center is the newest addition
to a full spectrum of cardiopulmonary services that include the most expansive
diagnostic and interventional cardiac modalities at a community teaching hospital.
The Healthy Lives Program brings together a multidisciplinary team of medical
experts to effectively monitor heart failure, acute myocardial infarction
(AMI), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia patients.
The program is designed to provide interventions to manage symptoms and
prevent the need for emergency care or hospital readmissions. Participation
in the program can begin as an inpatient before hospital discharge or
a patient can be referred on an outpatient basis.
The program is dedicated to helping patients and caregivers in our community
become more actively involved in their care through education, access
to a multidisciplinary team, and consistent follow up with a cardiac or
pulmonary professional. Through this active participation, patients will
improve their functionality and quality of life, while reducing the frequency
Patients are initially assessed by an experienced nurse practitioner, and
hospitalized patients begin outpatient visits within three to five days
following discharge. The program provides a patient-centered care approach
to early management of the disease process. The nurse practitioner works
individually with patients and their families to enhance their understanding
of the disease and provide the tools for patients and caregivers to effectively
manage the disease process.
The Healthy Lives Program also features a nationally renowned Telehealth
monitoring program in collaboration with the VNA Health Group to monitor
heart failure patients. The program is designed to help patients receive
treatment at home, improve their quality of life and reduce the likelihood
for a trip to the emergency room or re-hospitalization.
Important components of the Healthy Lives Program include:
- Education and support for patients and caregivers.
- Help for patients to manage symptoms.
- Help for patients to manage risk factors, such as cholesterol, blood pressure and diet.
- Help for patients and caregivers to ensure medication compliance.
- Reduced visits to the emergency department.
- Prevention of hospitalization.
- Increased patient activity level and quality of life.
- Access to clinical research trials.
- Access to social services, clinical nutrition, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
and ancillary testing such as lab, pulmonary and non-invasive cardiology
To refer a patient to the Healthy Lives Program at Monmouth Medical Center,
please call 732.923.6702 or fax 732.923.6597.