Covenant Hospice and Providence Hospital Announce Plans for New Hospice Care Center
March 26, 2015 1:01 am
(MOBILE, Ala.) February 4, 2015 — Covenant Hospice and Providence Hospital announced today their intention to develop a new 15-bed hospice inpatient care center and associated support space within Providence Hospital. Covenant Hospice will lease and operate the space, utilizing private rooms and additional support services from Providence Hospital. The Covenant Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Providence Hospital will provide a comprehensive range of hospice services to patients throughout the communities served by the two organizations, as well as serving as a location to support other community healthcare organizations. This innovative approach to offering hospice care will be the first of its kind in the area. Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home but may also be provided in freestanding hospice centers or hospitals, such as Providence. The new 5,900 square foot center will be on the 11th floor of Providence Hospital, located at 6801 Airport Blvd. A fall 2015 opening is projected. Staff on the unit will include physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, hospice aides, bereavement and spiritual care volunteers and administrative positions. Once fully operational, the Care Center will provide jobs for an estimated 28 full-time employees. The Covenant Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Providence Hospital will offer a continuum of specialized, individual care 24-hours-a-day and provide patients and their loved ones a warm, comfortable setting in a home-like environment. Each patient room will be equipped with comfortable seating and sleeping accommodations for guests, a desk and chair and internet access. Visiting hours will be unlimited and family, friends, loved ones, and children are always welcome. Patients typically admitted to the Center need help controlling pain and symptoms of their diagnosis or have family that is in need of respite care. “Bringing an inpatient center like this to Mobile will help to relieve anxiety that families and patients who need access to these special services often encounter,” said Jeff Mislvey, Covenant Hospice President and CEO. “This project will give us the opportunity to combine our expertise and resources with one of the area’s leading healthcare providers to not only provide this service to the local community, but also increase our service offerings in a key geographic market.” “We are very pleased by this opportunity to provide for our community an inpatient hospice service at Providence Hospital for those patients in need of such care,” said Clark Christianson, president and CEO of Providence Health System. “This new service will fulfill a significant unmet need in our community and is consistent with Providence’s longstanding commitment to palliative and hospice care,” said Christianson. “We are also very appreciative of the opportunity to partner with Covenant Hospice, a not-for-profit organization that shares our commitment to serve all persons in our community,” added Christianson. In 2014, Covenant Hospice served more than 650 patients in Baldwin, Mobile and Washington counties. If you would like to learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.choosecovenant.org. ### About Covenant Hospice Serving the community for more than three decades, Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses. The organization served more than 6,100 patients in 2014 and remains fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Covenant Hospice is authorized to serve 50 counties throughout northwest Florida and southern Alabama. About Providence Hospital Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility, cares for more than 15,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients each year. Specialized services offered at Providence include cancer care, open-heart surgery, obstetrics, ophthalmic surgery, orthopedics, neurosciences, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence Health System, the parent corporation of Providence Hospital, is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest non-profit and largest Catholic health system. Contact Covenant Hospice Don Ruth Communications Director by phone 850-438-9714 or Email.