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New Inpatient Center Will Help High-Need Hospice Patients in South Florida

Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) has partnered with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care to open a new 16 bed inpatient center at Memorial Regional Hospital South, (MRHS), located at 3600 Washington Street. This inpatient care center will host an open house on March 16 and March 17. The unit will provide families with an enhanced option for hospice care and be managed and operated by an interdisciplinary Seasons staff.

Hospice care is typically provided in the comfort of the patient’s home. On occasion, when pain or symptoms cannot be adequately managed in the home setting, the patient can benefit from a short-term stay at the Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center, where the focus is on the patient and family and their individual needs. It features a brand new comforting design created specifically for patients and their families who are facing the end of life.

“Many patients are wary of facing an end of life experience from a hospital bed.” said Todd Stern, CEO of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. “This center has been specifically designed to feel like ‘home’ while still offering the highest level of medical and comfort care possible.”

The MRHS center, features a uniquely serene, comfortable, and medically supported environment where patients can be surrounded by loved ones and access the highest level of hospice care to manage their symptoms. Once their pain or symptoms are controlled, the patient can be transitioned to home or to another setting for extended care.

“Memorial Healthcare System is committed to providing exceptional patient- and family- centered care. Having an inpatient hospice service at Memorial Regional Hospital South allows patients in the South Florida area and beyond to have access to expert care for their loved ones,” said Aurelio Fernandez, Interim President and CEO of MHS. “We are excited to partner with Seasons to bring our community more options for hospice care.”

An interdisciplinary team of highly-skilled health care professionals, which includes physicians (certified in hospice and palliative medicine), skilled nurses, certified nurse assistants, social workers, music therapists, chaplains, hospice aides, and volunteers, will be available to help patients overcome the complex challenges of symptom management and psychosocial needs that may occur at end of life.

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care will unveil the new inpatient center to the community during two separate events. A VIP reception scheduled for March 16 and a Community Open House will take place on March 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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