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Heart Failure Question & Answer



With Dr. Joshua Crasner

Dr. Joshua Crasner

Joshua M. Crasner, DO, is a board-certified cardiologist with Virtua Health and a member of the Samaritan board of trustees. See what he has to say about heart failure and Samaritan’s new Advanced Cardiac Care Program.

Q: What is one thing everyone should understand about heart failure?

A: Once a person is diagnosed with heart failure, they will need the resources to manage this condition for the rest of their life. It is still very possible to live a long time with quality, comprehensive care.

Q: How can someone living with heart failure benefit from this program?

A: With Samaritan healthcare providers ensuring that all of their care is coordinated, people can stay at home where they are most comfortable and avoid frequent emergency room visits and costly hospital stays.

Q: If a person living with heart failure already sees a primary care doctor and/or cardiologist, why would they benefit from having a Samaritan physician as part of their care team?

A: Samaritan’s healthcare providers specialize in symptom and pain management. They can offer an added layer of support to help improve their quality of life, helping them live their best life every day. Also, they can help them identify and document their goals of care, which empowers them and gives them a say in care.

Q: What does Samaritan offer that makes them different?

A: Samaritan provides holistic care that addresses spiritual and emotional needs as well as physical. Care is provided by a team of doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, home health aides, spiritual support counselors, and volunteers.

Q: With so many healthcare providers in the area focusing on heart care, why choose Samaritan for heart failure?

A: Samaritan is the only healthcare provider in New Jersey partnered with the AHA and NPHI. Also, Samaritan has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all participating healthcare organizations. Finally, The Joint Commission recently re-accredited the organization. This demonstrates that Samaritan provides quality, compassionate care to patients and their families.

We are proud to announce that we’re offering an Advanced Cardiac Program in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Partnership for Hospice and Healthcare Innovation (NPHI). We understand that the up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines from NPHI and the AHA are lifelines to our patients — and that is what we are all about – doing what is best for our patients and their families.