Patient Education and Support
The Pilla Heart Center nursing staff and cardiac nurse educators provide information on subjects related to heart conditions. Our educators help both outpatients and inpatients with resources for disease management, coping, nutrition, and lessening risk factors. Surgical patients also receive education on preparing for surgery and caring for incisions.
Support services available to Pilla Heart Center patients include:
- Cardiac support group
This free group meets monthly for heart disease patients and their family members who wish to share their concerns and experiences with others. The group is coordinated through Cardiac Rehabilitation.
- Van service
Patients coming to the Pilla Heart Center for outpatient hospital services may schedule van transportation for a nominal charge. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance by calling 215-481-4845.
- Transportation and lodging information
For patients and their families who live outside the immediate area, the Patient Relations Department, 215-481-2499, can provide information about transportation options, hotel accommodations and car rentals.
- Pastoral care
For hospitalized patients and their families in need of spiritual, emotional or ethical care, the pastoral care staff is available 24 hours a day. Chaplains in the program provide interfaith ministry with compassionate and respectful understanding. For information, call 215-481-2700.
For expertise on patient education and support, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center, including the Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, Blank Vascular Center, Heart Rhythm Center, and Comprehensive Heart Failure Program.