Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center And Compassus Launch Innovative Palliative Care Program
First Program of Its Kind in Area Expands Access to Quality Palliative Care for Patients
SHOW LOW, Ariz., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center announced today its partnership with industry leading, community-based hospice provider, Hospice Compassus, to launch Compassus Palliative Care. This consultative palliative care program is unique to the area, providing customized plans of care for Summit Healthcare patients with serious illnesses. The Compassus Palliative Care team includes Board-certified palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers and a chaplain. This team will work collaboratively with Summit Healthcare physicians to provide expert pain control and symptom management as needed, and to discuss with patients their goals of care given their condition and what is medically possible. Palliative care is provided alongside a patient’s ongoing treatment plan.
“While acute care has historically been the prevailing focus for hospitals, today an increasing number of patients require long-term management of complex and often multiple chronic illnesses,” said Carolyn Jacobs, Chief Quality Officer for Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center. “Our hospital’s decision to launch a new palliative care program comes on the heels of several national studies that show combining palliative medicine with standard methods of care results in better management of symptoms and improved quality of life. We are proud to partner with Compassus to better serve the needs of these patients with a whole-person approach to care.”
Palliative care is interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients with a serious illness and their families. It is quickly becoming a standard of treatment in patients with acute episodes of pain, uncontrolled symptoms or serious, chronic conditions, including cancer, heart failure, pulmonary disease, neurological diseases, and end-stage renal disease.
Patients at Summit Regional Medical Center will be referred to the Compassus Palliative Care program by their physician. The Compassus Palliative Care team will provide care in the hospital. If a patient needs palliative care after discharge from the hospital, the Compassus Palliative Care team will continue to provide care in the patient’s home. The Compassus Palliative Care team will communicate with the patient’s physician regarding the palliative care provided and the patient’s condition.
“I am honored to provide quality palliative care, along with our palliative care team, for patients in the area who need palliative care and are referred by their physician,” said Leon Driss, M.D., Palliative Care Medical Director for the Compassus Palliative Care program. “Palliative medicine will meet an important need in our community. I look forward to working with Summit Regional’s physicians to care for patients who need palliative care in order to provide the highest quality of care that is medically possible given a patient’s condition.”
For more information on Compassus Palliative Care services, call 1-888-273-0782.
CONTACT: Carol Lynn, 615-309-5673, Carol.Lynn@hospicecom.com
SOURCE Hospice Compassus