The Oklahoma Heart Institutes (OKHIs) are a group of 12 hospitals in Oklahoma that specialize in the treatment of heart failure.
Their mission is to “facilitate a safe, effective and compassionate care environment for patients with heart failure.”
In this case, they have found a way to provide a safe and effective care environment to a man with severe heart failure, known as a Chautauquas.
“No one should have to choose between receiving the care they need and their loved ones,” said Dr. Dan Ziegler, an associate professor at Oklahoma State University School of Medicine.
“In this case we can provide a quality care environment that is not only affordable but also effective and appropriate for this patient, who has not had any treatment options in the past.”
The man, named Dan, is also known as the “Shootin’ Joe” and was admitted to the hospital in June.
“The staff at the OKHIs has been very accommodating and welcoming of the patient,” Ziegl said.
“He has had a very good medical history and is in excellent physical condition.
He has been fully screened and we are very happy with the care he is receiving.”
Ziegleman said the clinic has been working closely with the hospital to coordinate its care, even though there are some hurdles.
“We are trying to coordinate our care with the medical staff at our hospital, but we are also trying to be patient-centered,” he said.
The patient is now able to have the time he needs to get to a regular clinic and is getting his blood pressure checked and other tests.
The staff at OKHI has also been working with the local hospital’s medical staff to help Dan get a physical, as well as his medications.
“They are very supportive of Dan’s care and are working with our local hospital to get a specialist certified to treat Dan,” Zegler said.
Ziegli said the man is also able to go home to a community he has called home for nearly two years.
“When Dan was admitted, there were a lot of concerns about his health, and we knew that we had to be very patient-centric and responsive to the patients needs,” Zigler said, adding that the patient is currently able to return home.
The Oklahoma Institute of Health has taken this step because it believes it is the right thing to do, Zieglia said.
As of now, it is not known how long Dan will need to remain in the facility.
The hospital has also made efforts to make the care at the clinic more efficient, with Ziegles staff working on the computers and phones, as it does with other facilities in the state.
“It has been an amazing experience, and it has made our hospital more productive and able to respond quickly to requests for more medical staff,” Zligley said.