There are many good hospitals in Central Indiana (we know, we run some of them). But when you are dealing with the leading killer in the U.S.—one that affects nearly 60 million Americans—you want focused attention. At Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, you’ll find a place and a team dedicated exclusively to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Your heart is our only concern.
We understand that you will be very anxious to see your family when the operation is over. It is very important, however, that you wait until you are notified that we are ready for visitors. When the patient arrives in the unit, the nurses will need about one hour to allow the patient to stabilize. The information desk will inform family when the patient is ready.
Our patients require constant attention, so the nurses do not always have time to take phone calls. Therefore, to keep phone calls to a minimum, each family will be asked to choose a spokesperson. This person will be given the unit phone number and the times that he or she may call for a condition report, and should be responsible for sharing this information with the rest of the family.
Due to the limited storage space in our rooms, we encourage families to take home the patient’s personal belongings. Toiletry items such as toothbrushes and combs may be kept with the patient, and it is very important for them to have glasses, dentures and hearing aids. There are clocks in every room that are visible to the patients, so watches aren’t needed. Cards are welcomed; live plants and flowers are not permitted.
Our surgeons and cardiologists see their patients every day, and are usually here early to mid-morning. If you have a specific need to speak with the physicians, please let the nurse know where and when they may contact you.