Saint Peter’s welcomes provider of hospice services
Release date: 3/8/2016
End-of-life care designed for people with a variety of terminal conditions
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has entered into an agreement with a new provider for adult hospice services. Effective Tuesday, March 1, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of New Jersey began accepting referrals and providing services for those patients who are eligible for inpatient hospice services. Additionally, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is an option for patients who are eligible for and select home hospice services
Hospice is designed to care for people with a variety of terminal conditions when symptoms no longer respond to curative treatment or the patient chooses to forgo further curative treatment. Those conditions may include but are not limited to AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s Diseases or other dementias, cancer, congestive heart disease, end-stage kidney disease, lung disease, multi-system breakdown, and stroke. Hospice care is designed to be palliative – meaning that its primary focus is to alleviate pain and relieve symptoms.
Seasons Hospice will provide regular on-site staff to furnish care to Seasons patients receiving inpatient hospice services during the day and as needed after hours. A Seasons on-site nurse liaison will be present at least six hours per day from Monday to Friday to receive referrals, perform evaluations and provide patient and family education.
A patient who has a terminal illness with a six-month life expectancy, as determined by their physician, and is in need of acute symptom management is eligible for inpatient hospice services. Those patients accepted into the inpatient hospice program will receive: pain and symptom management; pharmacy, medical and equipment services; spiritual and emotional support, and access to Saint Peter’s and Seasons Hospice staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients can receive inpatient hospice services for as long as such services are medically necessary and some will transition to home hospice after their inpatient hospice stay.
The majority of inpatient hospice care is provided in beds located on the oncology and intensive care units at Saint Peter’s.
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services, and ambulatory care. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit www.saintpetershcs.com for more information.