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

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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