A Year of Caring: Inpatient hospice program marks first anniversary
One year ago, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital began offering a special service to patients nearing the end of life. Through the inpatient hospice program, patients on 6 South who qualify for hospice and their families can find the support they need during this difficult time. One year later, the benefits to both patients and families are clear.
The program, offered through a partnership with Care Dimensions, aims to improve end-of-life care at BWFH. Under the program, patients nearing the end of life who cannot be transferred home or to an outside hospice facility will, after a discussion with their BWFH caregivers, be evaluated by Care Dimensions. If they qualify, the patient is discharged from BWFH and then readmitted under the hospice benefit. The team from Care Dimensions then comes in to collaborate with BWFH caregivers and provide additional support to the patient’s family. The patient will continue to be managed by their BWFH care team, including the Palliative Care Consult Service and nursing staff, in addition to the services provided by Care Dimensions.
In 2016, 29 patients were enrolled in the hospice program. “This is a remarkable number for a new program,” says Vice President of Professional and Clinical Services Edward Liston-Kraft, PhD. “The Care Dimension hospice program also provides 18 months of bereavement care to the families of patients who have passed away. This is a wonderful addition for grieving family members.”
In recognition of the program’s success, the team that worked so hard to implement the program, led by Palliative Care Physician Dr. John Halporn and Associate Chief Nurse of Emergency and Inpatient Nursing Cori Loescher, MM, BSN, RN, was recently awarded with a Partners In Excellence Award.