MedStar Health Partners with Montgomery Hospice, Inc. to Provide Inpatient Services, Palliative Care at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

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Collaboration provides compassionate and comprehensive hospital-based hospice care delivered by a multidisciplinary, culturally competent team of experts

(Olney, Maryland) – MedStar Health, today announced a new partnership with Montgomery Hospice, Inc. to integrate and expand advanced care services at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. The expanded inpatient services provide individuals with compassionate, personalized end-of-life or palliative care for those with life-limiting illnesses, whose symptoms require short-term intensive nursing and medical care.

The hospital-based program combines highly skilled, culturally competent palliative care professionals with an interdisciplinary team of specialty physicians and healthcare providers – all focused on improving and maintaining the quality of life of patients and their loved ones. Families and individuals who qualify for this level of inpatient care receive pain and symptom management, therapeutic support, and assistance in achieving comfort to return home. The care is intended to be short-term to address the medical crisis.

“Along the continuum of care, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center strives to always provide high-quality, compassionate and personalized care and support to patients and their families. This is immensely important for those with life-limiting illnesses or at end-of-life,” said Thomas J. Senker, FACHE, president of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and senior vice president of MedStar Health. “Our collaboration with Montgomery Hospice, Inc. bolsters our current ability to care for an individual’s complex and unique needs in a way that honors their dignity and wishes.”

The new partnership with Montgomery Hospice, Inc. enhances the hospital’s current inpatient hospice and palliative care in collaboration with JSSA, a community based social wellness agency. In October 2019, MedStar Montgomery announced the addition of hospital-based hospice care to provide patients and families with additional care options that best meet their needs and desires.

At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center individuals receive care within a comfortable, private setting to preserve dignity for themselves and their loved ones. Montgomery Hospice, Inc.’s care providers work alongside MedStar Montgomery’s providers to create a personalized, acute-care plan, which includes complementary therapies—such as aromatherapy, massage, art and music therapy, and animal companionship.

Importantly, Montgomery Hospice, Inc. offers multi-cultural resources focused on cultural empathy and competency—honoring all beliefs and adapting to the unique needs of the various communities served. Emotional and spiritual support is continuously provided by licensed therapists and chaplains.

“The foundation of Montgomery Hospice, Inc. is skilled, unconditionally compassionate, and culturally responsive care for those with advanced life-limiting illness—a shared value of MedStar Montgomery. As the first licensed hospice facility in Maryland, we understand the importance and responsibility of creating a caring and dignified environment for individuals and honoring them during the most intensive and challenging moments at the end of their lives,” said Ann Mitchell, MPH, president and CEO of Montgomery Hospice, Inc. “We’re proud to combine the legacies to community service of MedStar Montgomery and Montgomery Hospice, Inc. to provide our neighbors with the compassionate and quality care they deserve.”

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MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a not-for-profit, acute care community hospital serving Montgomery County, Maryland. For 100 years, MedStar Montgomery has served as a medical care provider and community health resource offering high-quality, personalized care. MedStar Montgomery provides a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies, and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals—including cutting-edge care in obstetrics, orthopedics, breast health, and oncology. MedStar Health is the region’s largest non-profit and most trusted integrated healthcare delivery system, giving patients access to the latest in modern medicine and medical technology within a community hospital setting.

Montgomery Hospice Inc., dba Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice, is a nonprofit organization serving residents in Maryland. Our team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, spiritual counselors, social workers, certified nursing assistants, bereavement counselors, and volunteers provide quality end-of-life care in homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. In 2019, the organization cared for more than 2,200 patients and their families in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

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