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 of hospitalizations.

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 and radiology.

To refer a patient to the Healthy Lives Program at Monmouth Medical Center, please call 732.923.6702 or fax 732.923.6597.