New Resource Combats Heart Failure in North Central Texas

Community Healthcare of Texas, in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), has launched a new Advanced Cardiac Care Program featuring patient and family educational resources.

Each year, more Americans die from heart disease than any other condition, including cancer. Heart disease is also a leading cause of hospitalization: patients with congestive heart failure alone account for more than one million inpatient admissions annually. Unfortunately, evidence indicates that congestive heart failure patients often do not receive care that aligns with evidence-based best practices and that clinicians and patients are not aware of critical information and resources available through hospice and palliative care.

“It is an unnecessary tragedy that only five percent of heart failure patients who are discharged from the hospital ever utilize in-home hospice or palliative care services,” said Viki Jingle, Chief Executive Officer for Community Healthcare of Texas. “Through our collaboration with AHA and NPHI, the Advanced Cardiac Care Program provides the clinical protocols and accessible patient/family resources designed to advance care and improve quality of life for those facing heart disease.”

The Advanced Cardiac Care Patient and Caregiver Handbook is a comprehensive resource available at no cost for patients and their caregivers and includes valuable information for symptom management, common medications, dietary recommendations to help manage advanced cardiac disease, self-care tips, and more. Copies of the handbook may be downloaded here.

To learn more about Community Healthcare of Texas and the organization’s full range of services, visit or call (800)958-4942.

Acerca de Community Healthcare of Texas

As the largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider in Texas, Community Healthcare of Texas has cared for adult and pediatric patients throughout North Central Texas since 1996. Community Healthcare of Texas offers hospice care, palliative care, education, emotional and spiritual support, and grief care to families as they travel the path of serious and terminal illnesses. Community Healthcare of Texas-Providence Hospice serves patients and their families across 25 Fort Worth, Dallas, and Waco counties. For additional information, contact Deidrea Laux at or (817)929-9135.

About the American Heart Association (AHA)

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health, and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI)

NPHI is a collaborative of 90+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values, and preferences. Representing providers from 31 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care. Learn more about NPHI at



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