Published on March 01, 2019

Penn partnership advances care for heart failure patients

Martin O'RiordanIf you’re struggling to cope with the symptoms of heart failure, here’s something you should know: Mercy is collaborating with Penn Medicine to help people whose heart failure hasn’t responded to standard therapy get more specialized care.

At Mercy Fitzgerald, Stephen M. Chrzanowski, MD, a Penn Medicine heart failure cardiologist, sees these patients. Just last year, Philadelphia Magazine recognized Dr. Chrzanowski in its “Top Docs” issue.

“This makes the best possible care for heart failure easily available to area residents,” says Martin O’Riordan, MD, Director of Mercy’s Cardiovascular Service Line. “And we’re providing a service that’s rare for a community hospital—the expertise of a heart failure specialist.”

A team effort

If you’re referred to Dr. Chrzanowski, he’ll work closely with your doctor to medically manage your heart failure. And if necessary, he will collaborate with his Penn colleagues to provide advanced therapies at Penn Medicine, such as a heart transplant or a left ventricular assist device, a surgically implanted pump that helps the heart do its job.

This heart failure expertise is currently available at Mercy Fitzgerald. And there are plans to expand access.

“We hope to provide specialized heart failure care at all of our Mercy campuses,” Dr. Chrzanowski says.