By LEA ANN OVERSTREET email@example.com 259-8205
MADISON--The Skyline Madison Campus added another service for the community earlier this month with the opening of a branch office of Alive Hospice.
Alive Hospice , based in downtown Nashville, has joined the Madison Campus to provide care to patients facing life-threatening illnesses.
"We were looking to do more outreach and put our patients closer to where they live," Alive Hospice Chief Operating Officer Edie Rimas said. "We have a lot of patients in that area, and patients really want to stay close to where they live."
Alive Hospice is a nonprofit organization that focuses on caring for people who, due to illness, are nearing the end of their lives.
"As our population ages, there is a growing need for hospice services, and we're pleased to be able to work with Alive Hospice to locate a branch office here," Skyline CEO Mike Garfield said. "We're excited about the opportunities for further development on the Skyline Madison Campus and will continue to look for partners like Alive Hospice who can work collaboratively with us to meet the region's health care needs."
Alive Hospice provides care to patients in 12 middle Tennessee counties, which includes nearly 400 patients a day, Rimas said.
The new office in Madison has two teams of physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers and grief counselors. The north team cares for patients and their families who live in the northern portion of Davidson County and in Rob ertson and Sumner counties.
The east team focuses on patients and their families in the eastern portion of Davidson County and Wilson County. "We have probably close to 30 staff members," Rimas said.
In addition to the interdisciplinary teams, Alive Hospice also offers grief counseling to the entire community, according to Jared Porter with Alive Hospice.
"The majority of our patients are referred by community physicians. We can often improve the quality of care and allow patients to stay at home because our staff makes home visits," Rimas said.
Alive Hospice Chief Operating Officer Edie Rimas
Alive Hospice in Madison
Alive Hospice is on the 4th floor of the physicians building at Skyline Madison Campus, 500 Hospital Drive. 327-1085
To qualify for hospice care
"In order to qualify, the patient must have a life-limiting illness," Alive Hospice COO Edie Rimas said. "The patients usually have a diagnosis of six months or less to live."
But if a patient lives longer than their doctors predict, they are still eligible to receive care.
"We constantly have patients that stay longer than that and that's perfectly fine. Medicare has recognized that the actually statement of six months is only used as a guideline. That time frame is not set in stone," Rimas said.
article posted with permission from The Tennessean