The Francis J. Votto & Francis J. Votto, Jr. Cardiac Medical Unit at Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is designed to treat and assist patients who are striving to regain, or maintain their functional ability while dealing with the complications from heart failure.

In order to return to community life and live as actively and independently as possible, a patient must improve in both basic functional status and endurance. To achieve this, a patient should expect a regimen of medical therapy, as well as occupational and physical therapies. Nursing care is provided by registered nurses who have received advanced training and specialized skills specific to the needs of this patient population.

The Cardiac Care Initiative team provides guidance and education for both the patient and his/her family on “disease management.” This learning process gives the patient and caregivers the tools they need to maintain an active and independent lifestyle when they return home. Included are such topics as nutrition, medication education, as well as links to community resources. Cardiac patients receive specialized programs to meet their individual needs with the goal of optimizing medication management, increasing functional abilities, improving self-management through education, improving quality of life, reducing the cycle of hospital readmissions.