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A Better Aim at the Heart


Ted Townsend, St. Luke's
president & CEO

This month we will launch a new venture, a Heart and Vascular Institute, that takes our best in class regional services to a new level and signals our commitment to even more. St. Luke's has been recognized as one of the best heart hospitals in the country for decades.

We've been named among the 50 Best programs in the country by multiple organizations, multiple times. Together with the surgeons at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa (PCI) we've been Cedar Rapids only open heart surgical program since 1978. We do great work, but we want to get even better.

Today that means stepping up to all three parts of what is commonly called the Triple Aim: better access, better cost and better quality of care. The UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids Heart and Vascular Institute vision revolves around offering fully coordinated care close to home.

In the past our heart services have too often been excellent components, but not as often neatly tied together to coordinate the patient's perspective and efforts to minimize the cost to both the patient and the provider. Improving that "product" is the first goal of the institute. Today we can provide most of the heart care people need right here. The goal for tomorrow is to expand our capabilities to be able to provide the vast majority of care at UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids and to allow patients to receive this specialized care close to home.

We will do that by working with UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology, by far the largest cardiology group in our area, and the surgeons at PCI to create regional Centers of Excellence and subspecialization in cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, coronary and vascular interventions, cardiac imaging, structural heart disease and heart and vascular surgery. We are enhancing recruitment and physician education with advanced training. We will be adding clinic hours, expanding outreach to surrounding communities to improve access, and investing in new technology and programs to support this expansion of capabilities.

Beyond growing our already nationally recognized services, we want to move beyond current areas of clinical expertise. We will launch specific initiatives in Women's Heart and Vascular care, preventive care and Population Health in Heart and Vascular care - in partnership with both independent providers and UnityPoint Health.

In Cedar Rapids, we'll specifically look at coordinating clinical protocols with PCI, reducing or eliminating duplication of testing and services, better coordination of physician and support service appointments and the smooth transition back to referring physicians and hospitals in surrounding communities. We will expand access and investment in clinical research and trials and wherever possible look to work as a single team of resources for anyone in eastern Iowa who needs help avoiding or managing their heart disease.

The goal, simply, is to be the heart service destination of choice for eastern Iowa. The good news is we already are. The better news is we're taking aim and within range of achieving all this at an entirely new level. 

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Physical Therapy Coverage in ER

We are pleased to announce a new program in the Emergency Department beginning March 30. We will have on site physical therapy coverage Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. This position was developed to broaden the scope of services provided in the ED and to take advantage of the unique skill set physical therapy brings to our patients. Services include evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and vestibular disorders, assessment of functional mobility and fall risk, assessment of mobility equipment needs, and non-pharmacological interventions for pain. Our objective is to decrease admissions, readmissions and unnecessary testing and coordinating care across the continuum with a focus of keeping care in the system.

Kelli Johnson, PT, ATC ( will lead this program. Kelli received a B.A. in Athletic Training from UNI and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of Iowa. Since that time she has worked at St. Luke's Hospital and has completed rotations in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedic Therapy Plus.

A special thanks to Jaclyn Hall, PT, GCS, therapy supervisor for identifying this need, visiting two hospitals in Indianapolis with established programs and working with St. Luke's ED physicians and management to develop the vision and establish metrics for success. 

Pediatric Endocrinology Outreach Clinic
Referral Form

UnityPoint Clinic has established a Pediatric Endocrinology Outreach Clinic the second Thursday of each month at 855 A Avenue, NE in Cedar Rapids. Dan Sleiter, ARNP, CPNP, MSN with UnityPoint Health - Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines is the provider specialist who will see patients on the second Thursday of each month between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To request an appointment complete the referral form and fax to (515) 241-8911.

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