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Date:6/23/2009

VNA's Hospice of Philadelphia Opens Free-Standing Inpatient Unit

PHILADELPHIA, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Peaceful. Calm. Serene. These are the adjectives Hospice of Philadelphia considered when it developed its new free-standing inpatient hospice unit. Caring for a hospice patient in their own home is ideal, but is not always possible. Typically, patients requiring acute care must go to a hospital. The new hospice unit provides patients and their families an innovative alternative.

Hospice of Philadelphia is a service of The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia (VNA) and provides hospice care to patients in residential, inpatient and nursing home settings.

The new 10,500-square-foot space located in Falls Center, site of the former Medical College of Pennsylvania, provides a cozy, home-like experience for hospice patients and their families. The inpatient unit has 14 fully furnished, private patient rooms. Each room includes private bath facilities and all are spacious enough to welcome visiting family and friends.

In consideration of visiting family members, the unit also includes a family-centered great room equipped with a flat screen TV and a peaceful indoor waterfall. Family members can also enjoy the use of a full kitchen and dining area as well as a "quiet room" when a family's privacy is needed.

There is no such thing as a typical hospice patient. These patients cover a wide spectrum of ages and medical conditions. However, patients of the inpatient unit do have one thing in common, their condition requires more intense medical attention than what can be provided at home.

"Our unit directly meets the needs of hospice patients requiring acute inpatient care," says Stephen Holt, president and CEO of VNA. "This is a difficult time for patients and their families, and the unit allows us to provide quality care in a tranquil, home-like setting."

Unlike many hospice programs, Hospice of Philadelphia works with physicians from many hospitals and health care providers in the Philadelphia area to provide inpatient and outpatient hospice care to the terminally ill. Both acute and respite care are offered at the inpatient facility.

The Hospice team includes full-time board certified hospice and palliative care medical directors, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, chaplains, spiritual and bereavement counselors, pharmacy and dietary consultants, and volunteers. Hospice of Philadelphia's commitment to helping patients and their families transition in the last months of life are evident by their expertise in pain and symptom management, and support and counseling services.

For more information, visit www.vnaphilly.org or call 1-800-VNA-1160.

Hospice of Philadelphia

Hospice of Philadelphia, a service of The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, provides home care, respite and inpatient services to patients with progressive illnesses. Other services provided for patient comfort and family support include alternative therapies, such as massage and music therapy, which help promote the patients' and families' well being.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia is a leading not-for-profit provider of comprehensive 24-hour in-home and community healthcare to residents of Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Since 1886, The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia has provided highly specialized, cost effective services to Southeastern Pennsylvania residents regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia or the services it provides, visit www.vnaphilly.org or call 1-800-VNA-1160.


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