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Community Hospice of Texas Opens Inpatient Unit at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
02/19/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Terminally ill patients can’t control when their final days will unfold. But with hospice care, they will realize more comfortable lives.

Hospice care is tailored to meet the specific physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. In order to bring this important aspect of care to our terminally ill patients, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has collaborated with Community Hospice of Texas to open Arlington’s first dedicated inpatient hospice care unit.

Community Hospice of Texas will open its inpatient hospice care unit on Feb. 23.

“Increasing the availability of hospice beds located at Texas Health Arlington Memorial clearly supports our philosophy to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve the quality of life for those patients who may face serious, complex illnesses,” said Kirk King, FACHE, hospital president.

A team including nurses, physicians, social workers and chaplains work together to develop a plan of care that is centered on the patient’s and family’s needs. Clinicians provide patients with pain management and symptom control so they may live their last days with dignity and spend quality time with their families.

"We need these services in our community," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. "It adds great dignity to patients facing end-of-life issues."

Community Hospice’s eight-bed unit is located on the first floor of the hospital. It is designed to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families dealing with a life-limiting condition, such as cancer, heart disease, renal disease, lung disease, and neurological disease, including Alzheimer’s. Patients may be directly admitted from the hospital, from other medical facilities, or from home.

“We are pleased to collaborate in providing a new dimension of care for patients facing serious, complex illnesses in the communities we serve,” said Larry Olive, vice president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. “This new unit allows patients and their families to focus on one another during a time when it matters the most.”

Nearly 1.4 million patients sought hospice care in 2007, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the needs are increasing each year in stride with the aging baby boomer population.

“The goal of hospice care is to enhance the comfort and quality of life of people who are terminally ill,” said Tony H. Su, M.D., FCCP, medical director of the Community Hospice unit. “We want to make sure the patients and their families receive the best care possible during their final days.”

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and surrounding communities since 1958. Services include comprehensive cardiac care, an electrophysiology lab, women’s services, orthopedics, GI, an advanced imaging center, extensive rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and disease prevention classes, support groups and community service programs.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health, visit www.texashealth.org.

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