The NSMC Heart Center takes an integrated approach to patient care. Patients and their families participate fully in the recovery process, and receive pre- and post-operative care in the same room, with the same nurses, physicians and staff. This includes post-operative intensive care and pre-discharge education.
Rounds are held daily. Patient and family members meet with their team of caregivers to plan care for each day (this team includes surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, physical and occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, chaplains and case managers).