SMH-Kobernick Anchin Open Specialty Clinic to Help People Safely Manage Blood Thinner Medications

Nov/01/2011

SARASOTA (Oct. 31, 2011) – This week, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System will open an important outpatient specialty clinic on the Kobernick Anchin retirement community’s campus to help residents there and others in the community safely manage their anticoagulation medications.

Doctors typically prescribe anticoagulation medication, including Coumadin, Jantoven, warfarin and low molecular weight heparin, to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots in people who have had heart attacks, strokes or other blood clotting conditions. But it can be a delicate balancing act: taking too much increases bleeding, while taking too little increases the risk of potentially deadly blood clots.

Directed by a board-certified cardiologist, and staffed by a nurse practitioner and specially trained nurses, the anticoagulation clinic team works with patients and their physicians to monitor and adjust their medication dosage. The clinic staff also provides education and support to help manage changes in diet, medicines and other factors that can interact with the medication. Studies show that patients managed by Anticoagulation Clinics experience fewer adverse events, including bleeding and blood clots, as well as fewer hospital visits resulting from these complications.

It is the first clinic Sarasota Memorial has opened in a retirement community, but it will be the fifth anticoagulation clinic the hospital has opened in Sarasota and Manatee counties in recent years. The others are located in the health system’s neighborhood care centers located at:

1. Sarasota Memorial Heart & Vascular Services, 1540 S. Tamiami Trail: 917-8889
2. Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. (off Clark Road near I-75): 917-8230
3. Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Blackburn Point, 929 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey: 917-3418
4. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Center at Heritage Harbour, 1040 River Heritage Blvd., Bradenton: 917-8128

The new clinic will operate on Thursday mornings at: Kobernick Anchin Pavilion, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota: 917-8889

The clinic’s comprehensive one-on-one approach includes: • Regular assessment of INR values, medication and lifestyle changes and evaluation of patient needs
• Lab testing (simple finger-stick technology)
• Immediate results so dosage can be adjusted if needed
• Advanced medical assessments and interventions as warranted
• Ongoing education and support to help patients and their families manage changes in diet, medications and other
factors or medical conditions that can affect anticoagulation therapy.

Patients at any level of anticoagulation therapy are welcome, but they must have a referral and visit their managing physician at least once a year. Appointments are required. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover some or all of the provided services.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 700,000 patient visits a year. One of the 10 largest public hospitals in America, Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care walk-in clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to make HealthGrades’ 50 best list. For information, visit: www.smh.com

About Kobernick Anchin
Established in 1993, Kobernick Anchin is a state-of-the-art retirement complex on a beautiful campus, convenient to all the many cultural and recreational attractions in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area. It is a not-for-profit enterprise developed by the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, offering seniors the very best in independent and assisted living as well as skilled nursing care. The community has two residences, Kobernick House, with 191 apartments for retirees who enjoy active, independent living, and Anchin Pavilion. Housed within Anchin is a 70-bed assisted living facility, including the Fannie Green Memory Care Center, and the Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 50-bed skilled unit. All options are available on the same campus so those who choose to live here are able to age in place. Kobernick Anchin provides the highest quality facilities, services, and care for its residents. Staff is sensitive to the needs of family members who often live a considerable distance from Sarasota.

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