Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) offers comprehensive services to diagnose and treat adult heart conditions. Our partnership with Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians allows patients with heart and vascular diseases to receive the most up-to-date and innovative care close by.
Our team of cardiologists includes:
• Anthony J. Bashall, MD, FACC
• Polly Moore, MD, FACC
• Soo Park, MD, FACC
• Derrick Plahn, DO, FACC, FASE, RPVI
• Vijay U. Rao, MD, PhD, FACC, FASE, FHFSA
One of these cardiologists is on-site at DCMH five days each week. They all provide a full range of care — from heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AFib) to emergency intervention, cardiac rehabilitation and clinical trials.
We are proud to note that several of our cardiology team members were named to Indianapolis Monthly magazine’s Top Doctors list for 2019.
To learn more about any of our cardiologists or watch a video profile, visit FranciscanDocs.org and search by name.
Another integral part of DCMH cardiac services is cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehab patients start at DCMH in Phase 2 after completing Phase 1 during their hospital stay. Audrey Fuller, BSN, RN, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Supervisor, create a plan for each patient according to their fitness level and health situation. During this process, the rehab nurse consults with each patient’s physician. Dr. Datta, Medical Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehab Services, also reviews each plan.
The Cardiac Rehab Services area is open five days a week and is equipped with nine stations for exercising. Audrey and her staff encourage the patients and monitor their heart rates and oxygen levels. The room is designed with wireless equipment, so monitoring is easier for patients. The caring staff develops close relationships with the patients. Everyone shares stories about their recovery, their families, and their life. They become a support group for each other, providing a natural path for patients transitioning to Phase 3 of rehab.
In Phase 3, patients come either two or three times per week. Patients are not monitored during this phase. However, their physician still receives monthly updates from the rehab department. Audrey explains that research shows cardiac rehab reduces overall patient mortality and morbidity. It also decreases the likelihood of experiencing future cardiac events and hospitalization.
Tyler Schmid, BS, RRT, Cardiopulmonary Manager, realize that because of the compassionate and personal attention given to patients during their visits to the DCMH Cardiac Rehab, patients are benefiting greatly from rehab and returning to activities they previously enjoyed.
The patients recognize that the exemplary treatment and attention they receive is helping them recover. They “feel stronger, healthier.” They appreciate “the people, the exercise, the atmosphere,” and are “grateful for the support and encouragement” they receive. DCMH is committed to offering quality care, close by.
For more information about any cardiac service, visit dcmh.net/health-services or call 812.663.1328.