Improving Outcomes for Patients with Heart Failure Webinar
About the Webinar:
Presented by Elizabeth Westover & Dustin J. Colegrove, Peace Health
Heart failure impacts 20% of people over the age of 75 and is associated with significantly increased readmission and mortality rates. The effects of this disease can be devastating to patients and their loved ones. Fortunately, heart failure outcomes can be substantially improved through implementation of evidence-based best practices, such as those described by the American Heart Association.
Join us to learn about PeaceHealth Home Health’s journey to develop a premier Heart Failure Program. Discussion topics will include best practices in the care of heart failure patients, steps in developing a heart failure program, tactics for effectively monitoring program quality and impacts of heart failure performance metrics on value-based purchasing.
Learning Objectives: Define best practices in care of patients with heart failure, identify tactics for implementing best practice, review quality metrics and monitoring tactics, identify tactics for reducing heart failure readmissions, and recognize indications for end-of-life conversations and transition to hospice.
About the Speakers:
Elisabeth Westover, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Elisabeth Westover has been an RN at PeaceHealth for 8 years and has enjoyed serving patients in many different ways in that time. Her close work with the COPD population as a pulmonary clinic RN sparked her interest in chronic disease management and healthcare quality. Over the last several years, Elisabeth has developed and led inpatient COPD and Pneumonia programs focused on improving care and outcomes for patients with these diagnoses. She has also provided management support to hospital-wide heart failure, CABG, and stroke programs, including leadership of DNV program survey efforts, as well as leading an inpatient readmission improvement program at two network hospitals, which saw a 37.6% all-cause O/E readmission rate reduction over a three-year period.
In 2022, Elisabeth transitioned to the home health setting with the goal of extending chronic disease management and improvement efforts to this vulnerable population. In collaboration with agency leadership and staff, she led the successful effort to obtain American Heart Association Home Health Heart Failure Certification for three PeaceHealth locations. She believes in the power of education and self-management tools to create long-lasting, tangible improvements in the lives of her patients and enjoys opportunities to share effective strategies with partners throughout the healthcare continuum.
Dustin J. Colegrove, DO, MBA, FACP, HMDC, CPE
Dr. Colegrove is a board-certified internal medicine physician with a number of clinical interests. He has practiced as a hospitalist since 2012 following an internal medicine residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and graduating from the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in 2009 with a dual degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and master’s in business administration).
Realizing that all patients are on a continuum of care and that expertise in a hospital setting can be useful in other areas of healthcare, he branched out to working in end-of-life care as a hospice physician in 2017 and later as a hospice medical director in 2020.
In 2023, he became the PeaceHealth system medical director for home health and is involved in developing performance improvement projects as well as focusing on care quality and clinical standards. He has a passion for performance improvement and population health. He is looking forward to sharing his experience in home health and hospice with you!