NewsLine - July 2012 - (Page 15)

In June 2004, Hospice Savannah, Inc. launched the Steward Center for Palliative Care to provide inpatient consultations for patients of Memorial Health University Medical Center. In 2008, the Center then introduced outpatient palliative care services at the Anderson Cancer Institute and, in 2011, expanded yet again with “Steward Companions,” a volunteer-supported transitions program. In the following interview, president/CEO, Debra Anthony Larson, MSW, discusses Hospice Savannah’s expansion efforts as well as its future plans. How did the partnership with Memorial Health University Medical Center come about? In 2003, the Hospice Savannah leadership and board began working with the health system to address how best to improve the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses who were being cared for in the hospital setting. As a result of those discussions, Hospice Savannah launched the Steward Center for Palliative Care in 2004, providing non-hospice palliative care services on an inpatient basis. Prior to that, however, Hospice Savannah had been responding to calls from physicians and discharge planners who needed assistance in managing the pain of some of their patients who were not hospice-eligible. In fact, beginning in 1994, Hospice Savannah began offering informal palliative care advisory assistance at no charge. So, really, the seeds—and the relationships— had been established much earlier. It was just time to define and offer a more formal palliative care program. Quick Facts About Hospice Savannah, Inc. • • Founded in 1979. Serves residents of Georgia’s five southeastern counties. Employs 210 FTEs and utilizes 250 volunteers. Average daily hospice census: 220. Operates Hospice House, a 28-bed inpatient facility. Opened “Full Circle” in February 2001, a community center for education and grief support for adults and children. Launched the Steward Center for Palliative Care in 2004. Introduced Steward Companions in 2011. • • • • • • continued on next page NewsLine 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - July 2012

Improving Physician Narratives
A Message From Don
NHPCO Resources for Physicians
When Life Gets Serious…Glatfelter Healthcare Practice (display ad)
Simione: Solving Your Hospice Challenges (display ad)
A Study in Green Building
The Steward Center for Palliative Care
The Voice of NCHPP
The Changing Role of CT
My.NHPCO—a Great Resource for Allied Therapists
Physician Guide to Hospice Care (display ad)
Ethical Issues: Tools to Support Your Practice
Results From 2012 NHDD
2013 Circle of Life Award Nominations
New (and Free) Resources From WHV
Exploring PC Support in Our Schools
Hospice in the Media
Member News and Notes
Compliance Tip of the Month
2012 CTC (display ad)
Resource Links to Bookmark
Videos Worth Watching

NewsLine - July 2012