MedStar Official Addresses Importance of ACC Patient Navigator Program


Alisha Martin

6 March 2014

By Dr. Stuart F. Seides, Physician Executive Director at MedStar Heart Institute

As the Physician Executive Director at MedStar Heart Institute in Washington, D.C., it is my responsibility to ensure that we provide patients with the best in cardiac care. From the moment patients arrive, through their treatment, discharge and then follow-up care—the MedStar Heart Institute strives to provide a seamless continuum of services.

Several weeks ago, I attended an event at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to celebrate the launch of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program, sponsored by AstraZeneca. The program provides personalized support to heart attack and heart failure patients as they transition from hospital to home, which is vital because cardiovascular disease impacts every patient differently.

The ACC Patient Navigator Program truly puts cardiovascular patients and their caregivers first as they discharge from the hospital—a process that can be confusing and overwhelming for many.

From left: Dr. Allen Taylor, Chief of Cardiology at MedStar Heart Institute; Rich Buckley, VP Corporate Affairs North America, AstraZeneca; Shal Jacobovitz, CEO of the American College of Cardiology; Dr. Stuart Seides, Chief Executive at MedStar Heart Institute

I commend the ACC and AstraZeneca for working together to bring this innovative program to my hospital, and I look forward to sharing the results with my peers.

Dr. Stuart F. Seides is the Physician Executive Director at MedStar Heart Institute, one of the highest volume heart care programs in the United States. Dr. Seides is an interventional cardiologist, practicing in Washington, D.C. since 1978.