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Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Opens New Inpatient Care Unit at Weiss Memorial Hospital

Oct 01, 2009

New unit provides the only inpatient hospice care on Chicago’s North Side

Contact: Carl Brodarick
(847) 375-2131

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2009)—Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care celebrated the opening of the new 18-bed inpatient unit at Weiss Memorial Hospital in September. The Seasons Inpatient Hospice Unit, which is the only inpatient hospice care on the North Side of Chicago, provides families with an enhanced option for patient care and will be managed and operated by Seasons staff.

Creating a warm, caring environment with well-appointed rooms, this comforting alternative gives patients round-the-clock support with their symptom management. Families can spend time with their loved ones, 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a comfortable and inviting home-like setting.

A team of highly-skilled healthcare professionals, which includes physicians (certified in hospice and palliative care), skilled nurses, certified nurses assistants, licensed clinical social workers, music therapist and chaplains, will be available to help patients meet the challenges of symptom management and psychosocial needs brought on by end-of-life care. 

“The new inpatient unit was specifically designed by the Seasons team to provide a peaceful environment, with a calming atmosphere that patients and families really need and appreciate at this very significant time in their lives,” said Paul Crockett, MS, RN, Illinois Executive Director of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. “To accentuate a home-like environment, the unit also provides patients and families a modern kitchen, and family room equipped with all the comforts of home for those who choose to stay with their loved ones. Seasons also encourages patients and families to bring a few personal items from home such as pictures of loved ones, a favorite pillow and blanket, or anything that will make the room feel more like home.”
 
“Seasons Hospice and Weiss Memorial Hospital have much in common,” said Crockett. “At Seasons Hospice, our mission is ‘honoring life, offering hope,’ and we believe individuals and families are the true experts in their own care.

Weiss Memorial Hospital has a long history of honoring the patients they serve through quality, compassionate care and services. It is their compassion for patients and commitment to quality care that makes this relationship work so well.” 

“Having a specialized hospice care unit in our hospital under the leadership of Seasons Hospice is a positive step forward,” added Frank Molinaro, CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital. “We are pleased to be able to offer this very important service to our patients and their families.”

“The inpatient unit also provides patients and families temporary respite care stays.” said Crockett. “Families can bring their loved one here and rest assured they’re getting the best care.”

Seasons Hospice has a proud tradition of innovative programs that are unique to Seasons and are offered both in the community and on the inpatient units. “Open Access,” for example, is a program that allows patients and families (on a case-by-case basis) to continue certain treatments such as radiation or antibiotic therapy. These treatments are considered aggressive and not usually allowed to be maintained by other traditional hospices.

“A Touch for All Seasons” program provides a unique approach for dementia patients, which incorporates pleasantly familiar sounds, sights and smells which help trigger sensory experiences for the patient, thus reducing anxiety.   

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is an independent, community-based hospice serving 15 counties in northeast Illinois and is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Seasons Hospice also has inpatient units at Holy Cross Hospital in the southern suburbs, and a free-standing unit to be built in the western suburbs.