Overview

The Chronic Care Center provides care to patients with one or more chronic or long standing diseases that require on-going treatment over a period of time. It is designed to meet their many needs in one setting. With one central location and phone number for services, patients experience ease of access and stay connected with all their caregivers (physicians, nurse practitioners, RN’s, pharmacists, social workers and clinical specialists) who get to know them as they journey through the healthcare system over an extended period of time.

There are seven key services that currently make up the Chronic Care Center:

Shared medical appointments are available for most services.

Patients are generally referred to the Center by their internal medicine or specialty provider. For more information or referral questions, please call 216.692.8679.

Anticoagulation Clinic

For people with chronic heart rhythm problems or those with heart valve replacements, anticoagulant medications are available to thin the blood and reduce the chance of developing unwanted blood clots. To ensure that these medications work effectively, each patient’s progress is carefully monitored so that dosages may be adjusted as needed. Guidance is also provided to explain how certain foods and other medicines may interact with the anticoagulant treatment.

A customized plan of care includes:

  • Laboratory monitoring
  • Patient assessment
  • Dosage adjustments of anticoagulation medication
  • Follow-up care
  • Education about medications, food, herbal and nutritional interactions, laboratory results, potential side effects of therapy, potential hemorrahagic complications and lifestyle changes

Chronic Kidney Disease

One out of every nine Americans has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and another 20 million people are at risk. Through early detection and treatment, medical professionals can often keep the disease from worsening.

By encouraging patients to actively participate in the management of their disease, the staff helps individuals control their disease, leading to an improved quality of life and fewer hospitalizations.

The Education and Treatment Program includes:

  • Close monitoring of kidney function
  • Education in diet, exercise, medications and signs and symptoms
  • Fluid and electrolyte management
  • Anemia treatment
  • Support for patients and their families
  • Cholesterol management
  • Kidney bone disease management
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) management
  • Continual follow-up

Euclid Hospital also has a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Support Group for patients, as well as their families, caregivers and other loved ones.

Congestive Heart Failure

The education and treatment program includes:

  • Education in disease, diet, exercise, medication, signs and symptoms
  • Close monitoring of cardiac status
  • Fluid and electrolyte management
  • Support for patients and their families
  • IV medication
  • Medically supervised conditions programs, which includes EKG monitoring during exercise
  • Education and counseling to help reduce the chance of further heart problems
  • Gradual endurance exercise training and behavior changes

In the maintenance phase of the program, patients are encouraged to make life-long behavior changes that will allow them to lead active, meaningful lives.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease than includes emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis.

COPD usually progresses gradually, causing limited airflow in and out of the lungs. COPD also adds work to the heart.

The COPD clinic can provide the education, treatment and follow up needed to help prevent flare ups and hospitalizations.

Diabetes Management

The diabetes educators at Euclid Hospital are committed to the concept of quality diabetes self-management. Our goal is to provide the knowledge, skills and tools to support healthy self-care.

Our diabetes education program is available to inpatients and our comprehensive diabetes self-management group sessions are available to outpatients.

Certified diabetes educators, who are registered/licensed dietitians, are available for personal one-on-one teaching of all phases of diabetes management including insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, meal planning, weight management as well as personal consultation and problem solving.

Euclid Hospital offers the following diabetes education, support and re-check services to the community. For information and consultation, call 216.692.8711.

Supporting Your Health

  • An educational support group for those with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetes.
  • Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the Waltz Auditorium.
  • Guest speakers discuss aspects of diabetes care and self-management of the different conditions as well as other health topics of interest.
  • There is no registration required and no fee for this program.

Smoking Cessation

If you smoke, quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to protect your lungs. It is never too late to quit. Your doctor can help you decide which smoking cessation method will work best for you.

Wound Care

Many wounds mend themselves naturally without medical intervention, but patients with diabetes, vascular disease and other conditions may experience wounds that take longer to heal. Overall care is coordinated with treatment for any underlying conditions with a specialized focus on wound treatment that promotes faster healing.

Wound Care services include:

  • Evaluation and management of lower extremity wounds and acute, chronic and surgical wounds
  • Ostomy care
  • Vascular testing referrals
  • Education about proper at-home wound and ostomy care