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Transitional Heart Failure Clinic

Congestive Heart Failure

South Denver Cardiology Transitional Heart Failure Clinic (THFC)

Our Vision is to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for our patients across the spectrum of heart failure. We strive toward helping our patients to experience progressive healing through the best therapies available. We focus on success without failure. Failure is not an option! Click here for our new patient welcome letter.

To contact the Transitional Heart Failure Clinic call: 303-744-1065 (option 3 for the Nurse’s line)
The THFC is located in the South Denver Heart Center at 1000 SouthPark Dr., Littleton, CO 80120

Our Patient Portal is one of our main avenues when it comes to communicating with you.  You can ask our nursing staff questions, request appointments, record and track your own personal health history, pay your bill and renew your prescriptions online. Click Here to visit the Patient Portal

Hot off the press! Manage your heart failure with an app on your phone. Click here for more details.

Meet the staff of the THFC,


Dauber Web-IMG_2870Ira Dauber, MD – Clinic director

Heart doctor Grant BaileyGrant Bailey, MD

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David Schuchman, MD

Cinthia Bateman, MD

Arthur Levene, MD


Nurse Practitioners:

img_7712-shari-cropShari Nieman, ACNP/FNP

Paula McDermottPaula McDermott, CCNS

IMG_5084-Elizabeth Carter-Elizabeth Carter, ACNP

Kelly Webster, ACNP

Christine Harms, DNP/ACNP





Who is a candidate and what to expect when you come to the clinic:

The Transitional Heart Failure Clinic (THFC) is designed to treat and support patients transitioning through phases of heart failure. Our goal is to provide excellent care and quality of life in patients with heart failure. Outside referrals into the clinic require an evaluation by a South Denver Cardiology Associates (SDCA) cardiologist. If the SDCA physician saw you during a hospital stay, then you may be referred directly to the clinic.

If you are unable to participate in Cardiac Rehab, or it is not covered by your insurance company, please ask for alternatives?

The THFC offers a comprehensive program staffed by highly qualified physicians, advanced practice nurses, cardiac R.N.’s, and medical assistants. The first visit is a 1-1/2 hour comprehensive overview that includes a detailed history, physical exam, medication review, and goal setting. Diagnostic and laboratory testing may be ordered. Education is a large focus of the clinic, and the modular education units are available on a link below on this website. Specific areas of educational support include fluid management, diet, exercise, medication management, and psychosocial needs. The clinic can provide same day or next day access and if needed IV diuretics. Once the patient has recovered and has completed the modular education, the patient is transitioned out of the THFC back to their primary cardiologist or physician.

If you think you would be a candidate for the THFC, please contact your primary care provider or cardiologist to be referred to our clinic.


Living With Heart Failure: A Guide for Patients: (Provided by the Heart Failure Society of America)


Patient Resources:

(Pictures and information provided by AHA/ACC and approved for patient care and distribution.)

What is Heart Failure flyer? 
Your Daily Responsibilities
Heart Failure Zones, What zone are you in today?
Heart Failure Daily Log

The THFC has patient resources provided by the Heart failure Society of America. We thank them for the use of this material.

The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) has prepared a series of educational modules designed to help patients learn to live successfully with heart failure. The advice in the modules can help heart failure patients feel better, stay out of the hospital and live longer. The modules are self-contained and written in easy to understand language. Each module provides practical information on a specific topic that is useful to both patients and their families. Each module also includes questions should ask their doctors or nurses. Patients should actively work with their health care providers to achieve the best outcomes.



mod_1Module 1-Taking Control of Heart Failure

module_2_Module 2 – How to Follow a Low Sodium Diet

Mod-3-Module 3 – Heart Failure Medications

Mod4Module 4 – Self-Care: Following you Treatment Plan
and Dealing with Your Symptoms




Mod5Module 5 – Exercise and Activity

mod_6Module 6 – Managing Feelings About Heart Failure

cover-module7Module 7 – Tips for Family and Friends




mod_8Module 8 – Lifestyle Changes: Managing Other Chronic Conditions

mod_9Module 9 – Advance Care Planning

icon-Module10-1Module 10 – Heart Rhythm Problems

module11Module 11 – Clinical Trials