New Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions: Easing Patients’ Burdens through a Single Coordinated Plan of Care


Vol. 18, No. 3
Fall 2008

  • A Gift... Beyond the Gift of Life

  • 12 Winthrop Specialists Named to New York Magazine’s 2008 “Best Doctors” List

  • Cancer Center for Kids Moves to a New Home

  • Friends & Benefactors Annual Reception

  • Winthrop Helps Postal Clerk Get Some Sleep

  • Winthrop: A Gateway to a Top-Rated Kidney Transplant Program

  • DiStasio Family Makes Donation to NICU

  • The Center for Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions

  • New Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions: Easing Patients’ Burdens through a Single Coordinated Plan of Care

  • Golfing for the CCFK

  • Annual Gala Celebrates Winthrop’s Passion for Care without Compromise

  • CCFK Families Celebrate Life

  • Unique Program Helps New Mothers Cope

  • Saving Lives in Bolivia

  • Winthrop’s New Welcoming Ambassadors

  • Tenth Annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebrates Life

  • Bay’s Big Bash Does it Again!

  • Spizz Family Supports CCFK

  • Pediatric Unit Receives Quilt Donation

  • Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation Makes Generous Donation to CCFK

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  • For the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic medical conditions, the difficulties that often accompany the process of seeking medical care can be overwhelming.

    Treatment often involves coordinating care with several physicians, multiple medications and treatments, and confusing new therapies. Often, patients long for someone who can help them navigate these frustrating challenges, connect them with the appropriate medical experts, and help them establish one coordinated plan of care.

    Now, thanks to the establishment of the new Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions, Winthrop- University Hospital provides a solution to these challenges that so many individuals with chronic conditions face.

    This “center without walls” offers patients a coordinated approach to the management of chronic conditions through unfettered access to a comprehensive range of clinical specialists who are experts in the treatment of a wide array of conditions.

    “The focus of the Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions is to provide patients with an individualized care plan that incorporates input from outstanding physicians and other healthcare providers,” said Michael Niederman, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Winthrop- University Hospital. “The Center’s goal is to help patients access the latest treatment options and develop a comprehensive treatment plan so they may live as healthfully and independently as possible.”

    Patients seeking care at the Center are connected to a specially trained, knowledgeable patient navigator who begins the intake process by talking with them about their medical history and current medications. This activates the process of creating an individualized care plan that includes diagnostic evaluations by the appropriate clinical experts at Winthrop.

    Upon confirmation of a diagnosis, the patient is provided with a detailed plan of care that has been developed exclusively for them with the support of a dedicated clinical team.

    The Center specializes in treating a range of conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma; chronic renal failure; congestive heart failure (CHF); diabetes and obesity; multiple sclerosis (MS); and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

    The Center’s team will also evaluate other chronic conditions – diagnosed or undiagnosed – that have had a direct and consistent impact on an individual’s quality of life.

    Patients’ relationships with the Center do not end with a customized plan of care. The Center’s patient navigator provides vital support services subsequent to each patient’s diagnosis.

    The navigator follows up with patients to ensure their care plan is being managed effectively and is providing optimal health benefits. Should a patient require additional services or support, the navigator is their link to the Center. A telephone support program is also available to patients so that questions and concerns can be addressed in a timely manner.

    “Because patients with chronic conditions often have multiple health concerns, it is important that we achieve a coordinated approach that best meets the needs of each patient,” said Nancy Langdon, RNC, BSN, MPH, patient navigator and clinical coordinator of the Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions at Winthrop.

    The new Center offers patients access to the latest treatment options including new and emerging therapies and a wide array of clinical trials.

    For more information on the Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions at Winthrop, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.



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