Anticoagulation services

If I am a patient in your Anticoagulation Clinic, can I come early or late if it works better for my schedule?
The Anticoagulation Clinic only sees patients who have been referred to us by their physicians. This is not a walk-in clinic or self-referral clinic - and due to the clinic being well attended and busy, we must require that patients keep their appointment times or call us to reschedule at a time more convenient for them. The number to call is (614) 566-3830 .

Will my insurance cover my visit?
We bill an "Outpatient Hospital" visit each time you come to the Anticoagulation Clinic. In addition, every six months you will be required to see our physician at one of your visits and your insurance will receive a separate bill for that physician visit. Check with your insurance provider to find out if visits such as these are covered.

Cardiac rehabilitation

What is cardiac rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation is an important step in resuming a full and active lifestyle for people with heart disease, angina, or who have had a heart attack or coronary bypass.

During your rehabilitation, you will have a care coordinator who will work with you to understand and practice a safe and effective health plan. In addition to your care coordinator, teams of other health professionals, including physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, social workers, and pastoral counselors will work with you.

Your rehabilitation will include supervised and structured exercise, stress management, heart-healthy eating, health responsibility, and managing your heart health. If needed, a plan will be designed to help you manage blood pressure and cholesterol, control diabetes, and stop smoking.

What do I do first?
The initial contact begins the process of entering cardiac rehabilitation. We will obtain a doctor's order, insurance approval, and assist in making your appointments to begin cardiac rehab. For more information, call (614) 566-5356 .

What is the Preview Session?
The Preview Session is for anyone interested in attending cardiac rehab at the McConnell Center . The session is designed to familiarize you with the facility, meet some of the staff, and have your questions answered about the program. The Preview is free; you don't need a physician referral to attend.

What is the enrollment process?
During enrollment, we gather information used to evaluate your cardiac risk factors and your current health and lifestyle habits.

What is the orientation process?
Orientation is your first week in the Cardiac Rehab Program. The start of orientation is scheduled through the program administrator after your testing is completed. You will attend introductory classes and be exercising.

Diabetes education

What is the Diabetes Education Program?
This program requires a physician referral. You can participate in the entire program or just the individualized sessions based on your needs.

The Diabetes Education Program includes individual appointments with a registered nurse and a registered dietitian trained in diabetes care. Also included are four education classes to provide you with information and advise you on how to manage your diabetes. The classes are held in a group setting, and they include a combination of lecture, handouts, booklets, and video and group discussions. Your program will total 10 hours of education.

What is the class schedule for the Diabetes Education Program?
Classes usually convene the first week of each month. Certain holidays may alter that schedule. We hold classes on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. , and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You are welcome to bring a guest to class with you, free of charge.

Diabetes management

Can anyone with diabetes come to your Diabetes Clinic?
This is not a walk-in clinic or self-referral clinic. The Diabetes Management Clinic only sees adult patients with diabetes who have been referred to us by their physicians.

Lipid management

Can I come to the Lipid Clinic at McConnell to learn more about high cholesterol or to get a second opinion?
The Lipid Management Clinic only sees adult patients with high cholesterol or complex lipid abnormalities who have been referred to us by their physicians.

Physical therapy

What kinds of physical therapy services do you offer at McConnell?
We offer a wide variety of orthopedic-related services on-site. At McConnell, in addition to physical therapy evaluations and treatment, we offer:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Casting, fitting and training for custom-made orthotics
  • Biomechanical analysis for high-performance activities
  • Balance training

What happens when I complete my therapy? Am I given exercises for home and/or instructed on exercise equipment?

Nearly all physical therapy treatments involve a home exercise program component, which is simply a custom-tailored exercise program to meet the client's unique needs. Our therapists will instruct you in proper form and technique when exercising, and offer suggestions on progressing exercises independently.

The McConnell Heart Health Center also offers personal training classes and fitness memberships. Many of our clients join the Center following physical therapy, and work with licensed exercise staff to continue improving cardiovascular fitness and strength.

What should I bring to my first appointment?
Two items are necessary for us to initiate treatment and accurately verify insurance benefits: The prescription for physical therapy, and your insurance card. Please have both ready for your initial evaluation. Loose fitting, comfortable clothing is also a good idea. For knee injuries, sweatpants or shorts are recommended. For shoulder injuries, T-shirts are a good choice.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

My physician has referred me to the McConnell Center for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. What do I do?
First we will work with you to complete a form that is for potential pulmonary rehab participants.

When will I be contacted?
Our goal is to answer your inquiry within five working days.

What is the program?
During rehab, you will have a care coordinator who will help you understand and practice a safe and effective health plan. In addition to your care coordinator, a team of other health professionals, including physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, social workers and pastoral counselors, will work with you, if needed.

Your rehab will include supervised and structured exercise, stress management, and heart healthy eating, health responsibility and managing shortness of breath.

If needed, plans will be designed to help you manage blood pressure, manage cholesterol, control diabetes and stop smoking.

How can I get more information?
Contact the Pulmonary Rehab Team Leader Bruce Petzel at (614) 566-3768.

Medical Weight Treatment Program

The program focuses on healthy eating habits, physical activity and behavior change.

What can I expect?
Program results will vary. This is not a "quick fix" program. It is designed to help you develop a healthy lifestyle that will help you achieve your weight management goals. Our participants see a loss of approximately five to ten percent of their total body weight, but weight loss is directly proportional to the effort put forth.