Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hospice opens new facility

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care held a ribbon cutting for its new facility at Penrose Hospital on Monday.

The new facility, relocated from its former permanent home at St. Francis Hospital on East Pikes Peak Avenue, has 11,000 square feet of space. It's on the 6th floor of Penrose Hospital's west tower, 2222 N. Nevada Ave.

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During the ceremony, officials unveiled the Tree of Life fine art print donated by the Lou Smit family. Smit, a well-known homicide detective, died last August while in hospice care.

According to a press release:

The new Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital is just one component of PPHPC’s broader vision of integrated community partnerships and collaborations with other healthcare systems and providers. The organization ultimately envisions a regional hub of care and support services for patients and families facing decisions about the final stages of life.

With the opening of this new hospice inpatient unit, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care expands local partnerships to optimize end-of-life care, providing patients with life-limiting illnesses — along with their families — this unique continuum of care.

There is a growing trend of people choosing how they live out the end of their lives with the support of specialized hospice and palliative care services. Hospice care focuses on making people comfortable rather than curing their disease. Forty-one percent of people who died in the United States in 2009 were under the care of a hospice program at the time of their death, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and it has been increasing steadily every year. This year, 1.5 million people will have received hospice care, according to the national organization. The increase is continuing as the knowledge of hospice is increasing in the health-care industry.

Designed and equipped to manage the most serious care needs, the new unit at Penrose Hospital presents exceptional advantages for all patients in the community who need specialized hospice inpatient care. The opening of the inpatient unit marks a fresh and vital approach for hospice care in the region as more people, and their families, turn to hospice to optimize end-of-life care. As the oldest hospice provider in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care has continued to evolve during the past 31 years, adding services in response to community needs and advances in hospice care. This new inpatient unit is the next evolution, but not the last, as the organization continues to be the region’s peak source for hospice and palliative care.

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