Each year, more Americans die from heart disease than any other condition, including cancer. Heart disease is also a leading cause for hospitalization: Patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) alone account for more than 1 million inpatient admissions annually.


Yet many of those hospital stays could have been prevented, and many of those patients could have lived longer and better lives, through palliative/advanced illness and hospice care delivered directly in the home.

Dr. Kathleen Benton discusses our Cardiac Care program.

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Dr. Claude T. Su, a cardiologist with Cardiology Associates of Savannah, serves as the physician champion of our Advanced Cardiac Program.

Together with your hospice care team, Dr. Su will create a customized plan of care based on your goals and priorities. Our Cardiac Care Program is designed to keep you comfortable while reducing or eliminating emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

Our team provides education to you and to your loved ones on your particular diagnosis, to expand your understanding and to help you know that to expect as your disease progresses.

Cardiac Program Facts

  • Hospice Savannah, along with NPHI (National Partnership of Hospice Innovation), can now treat patients far in advance of needed hospice care.
  • Only 50% of heart failure patients who would qualify for hospice get enrolled among people of color, it’s a much lower percentage.
  • Only 5% of patients discharged from the hospital with a heart failure diagnosis are enrolled into hospice.
  • The average life span of a heart failure patient is 3 years.
  • Most cardiac hospice care can be done in the comfort of their own home or wherever the patient resides.


In-home cardiac care provides a much better quality of life for the patient and family by:

    • Reducing stress
    • Providing mental health counseling
    • Providing Caregiver support
    • Providing lifestyle alternatives through:
      • Diet control
      • Appropriate exercise
      • Medication management


NPHI’s new Advanced Cardiac Care Program provides comprehensive care.

We are proud to offer patients and their caregivers a complimentary handbook that addresses questions and concerns to ensure high-quality cardiac care from the comfort of your home.

For questions regarding this program, call Hospice Savannah at 912-629-1088.