New Medicare-Certified Hospice Care Program Now Available At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

July 30, 1998

LOS ANGELES (July 27, 1998) - A new Medicare-certified, family-centered Hospice Care Program is now available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. To commemorate the opening of this important community service, the medical center will host an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 4- 7 p.m. The Open House is open to patients, their families and community leaders, and will be held at the hospice offices located in the Goodson Building, 444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 103, Los Angeles.

Members of the news media are invited to attend and cover this event. The interdisciplinary Hospice Program will play an important role in providing terminally ill patients and their families with quality continuum of care ? providing services both in the hospital and at home. "The hospice philosophy is to provide comfort and dignity at the end of live," says Robert J. Traub, M.D., Medical Director of the Hospice Program. "Hospice neither hastens nor prolongs death. Rather, it allows the process to occur naturally with as much dignity and meaning as possible." An essential component of dignity at end of life is pain management, and Hospice Program staff are trained in palliative care.

Patients may be referred to the Hospice Program by their primary care physician. Care is covered under the Hospice Medicare Benefit Program and by most insurance programs. For more information, or to make a reservation to attend the Open House, please call Cedars-Sinai Hospice at 310-967-1902. Space for the Open House is limited, so early reservations are recommended.

EVENT: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Hospice Open House

DATE/TIME: Thursday, Aug. 6, 4-7 p.m.

LOCATION: Goodson Building, 444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 103, Los Angeles
-end-


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Related Hospice Articles from Brightsurf:

Study documents racial differences in US hospice use and end-of-life care preferences
In a new medical records analysis of racial disparities in end-of-life care, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and three collaborating institutions report that Black patients voluntarily seek substantially more intensive treatment in the last six months of life, while white patients more often choose hospice services.

Study finds room for improvement when hospital patients transition to hospice care
Terminally ill patients referred to hospice care from a hospital setting tend to be on hospice for shorter periods than those who enter hospice while living at home or in a residential care facility.

UBC research shows hearing persists at end of life
Hearing is widely thought to be the last sense to go in the dying process.

Educational video may assist with decision to pursue hospice at the end of life for cancer patients
An educational video about hospice care can provide valuable information for patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers, improve perceptions of this quality form of care at the end of life, and increase its use.

A terrible choice: Cancer treatment or hospice care, but not both
Colorado studies explore costs, benefits, and experiences of veterans receiving concurrent cancer treatment and hospice care; their findings may provide the basis for wider adoption of this nonstandard practice.

Medicare kidney failure patients enter hospice too late to reap full benefits
Late referrals to hospice drive up end-of-life costs and limit benefits for patients on dialysis.

How does it compare?: Hospice care at home, at assisted living facility, at nursing home
A new study from Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute compares quality of hospice services provided for patients living at home, in assisted living facility and in nursing homes as perceived by family members.

Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care
While more than 60 percent of patients with the brain tumors called malignant gliomas enroll in hospice services, almost a quarter of them do so within a week of death, probably too late for patients and family members to benefit from hospice care.

Researchers find racial disparities in intensity of care at the end of life
Different outcomes exist between blacks and whites receiving care from the same hospice.

Transfusion dependence a barrier to quality end-of-life care for some with leukemia
For patients with advanced leukemia, access to high-quality end-of-life care appears to be reduced in those dependent on blood transfusions, according to a new study being presented during the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta.

Read More: Hospice News and Hospice Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.