New Cardiovascular Service Line Navigator Provides Personalized Care at Western Connecticut Health Network

Norwalk Hospital
Edita Cubatiuk

DANBURY, Connecticut, February 5, 2018 — Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) introduced a new Cardiovascular Service Line Navigator to ensure a cohesive process for patients, their families, and providers as they move through the healthcare system. The service is reflective of WCHN’s transition to value-based healthcare and pledge to provide safe, well-coordinated, convenient care.

Edita Cubatiuk, an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), will support and guide cardiovascular patients and their families. She will arrange transfers from surrounding acute-care and ambulatory facilities to Danbury Hospital for full service cardiovascular treatment. As the primary point of contact, Ms. Cubatiuk will communicate the patient’s progress and the care plan to referring physicians.

“Patients with cardiovascular disease typically require several specialists, multiple procedures, and transfers to and from different facilities. A patient’s personal journey to optimal health coupled with the ever evolving and complex healthcare industry supported the need for a dedicated navigator,” said Robert Gallagher, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, WCHN.

The role is unique. Traditional Navigators focus solely on the patient. Ms. Cubatiuk will communicate with a patient’s entire care team, including family members and referring physicians. As a clinician, she will have intimate knowledge about each patient’s disease and effectively communicate the diagnosis, treatment, and discharge plan — empowering patients and their health care team.

Ms. Cubatiuk is an ideal Navigator for the cardiovascular service line. She has been part of Danbury Hospital’s cardiovascular clinical staff for nine years. She has first-hand knowledge about the services, procedures, and recovery process that patients experience. Ms. Cubatiuk will give patients peace of mind by providing a realistic account of what they can expect.

“Ms. Cubatiuk will help reduce stress for patients and their families, which is essential to a patient’s overall wellbeing. All patients need to do is focus on healing,” said Eileen Hurley, APRN, Network Clinical Program Director, Heart Valve Center, WCHN.

WCHN follows the evidence-based American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program.

February is American Heart Month. Visit WCHN’s Heart & Vascular Care website to learn more about the cutting-edge cardiovascular care available at the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, and the Phyllis and David Komansky Cardiac and Vascular Center at Norwalk Hospital. Services include prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of all heart and vascular diseases using today’s most advanced technology and procedures.