Published on March 13, 2012

Community Hospice

St. Vincent’s HealthCare Selects Community Hospice To Build 10-Bed Inpatient Unit

 

Construction will begin soon on a new, 10-bed hospice inpatient unit at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. Staffed and operated by Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and located on the fourth floor of St. Vincent’s Riverside, the unit is scheduled to open in early 2013.

“Community Hospice is honored to be selected by St. Vincent’s to partner with them in developing these new services and to collaborate with their physicians and staff to help in their mission to bring comfort to patients and their families who are dealing with advanced illness,” said Susan Ponder-Stansel, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “Both our organizations share a long history of providing compassionate care to our community.”

The nearly 6,500 sq. ft. of space will include 10 private patient rooms, as well as comforting, home-like amenities, a family lounge and a kitchen for use by family and visitors. The goal is to meet patients’ end-of-life care needs in an acute care setting.

“We are pleased to work with Community Hospice as our hospice provider, whose commitment to delivering excellent care complements our own values,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President and CEO Moody Chisholm. “Expanding our ministry by adding the option of hospice care reflects our Mission to serve the sick and vulnerable, and the value we place in the inherent dignity of each person by giving our patients more control over their end-of-life care plan.”

Community Hospice will recruit and train an interdisciplinary team of about 13 staff to provide round-the-clock patient care at the hospice inpatient unit, including medical staff, nurses, certified nursing assistants, psychosocial specialists and chaplains.

Construction of this unit at St. Vincent’s Riverside is expected to begin in the summer of 2012. It will cost more than $1.9 million and is being funded by Community Hospice.

Community Hospice currently provides care to more than 1,200 patients each day in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, serving patients and their families at home, in long term care and assisted living facilities, and at local hospitals like St. Vincent’s. In addition, Community Hospice operates five other Centers for Caring totaling approximately 100 additional inpatient beds.

 

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