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New Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center to fill need for hospice care
Published on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 (5:29 p.m.)The opening of Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center is giving more people with a terminal illness or life-limiting chronic disease a welcomed alternative care option when their acute pain or difficult symptom management can no longer be managed at home. At the new 7,853-square-foot, 13-bed center, a dedicated professional staff provides comprehensive hospice and palliative care in a homelike environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emotional, psycho-social and grief support is also part of the services to the families of patients and their loved ones.
Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center is located at 7230 Gagnier Blvd. in southwest Las Vegas near St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – San Martin Campus.
“A unique convergence of factors has made the need for inpatient hospice care in southern Nevada greater than other areas,” said Jerry B. Bolyard, regional executive director of Creekside Hospice. “We’re still a retirement mecca with many seniors living alone with family in other states or being preceded in death by their spouse. Consequently, family members who traditionally serve as caregivers just aren’t as available to help them.” He added Creekside case managers – all registered nurses – keep in contact with family members on a regular basis.
“Awareness and acceptance of the hospice philosophy also has continued to grow as an option for those with a terminal illness or life-limiting chronic disease,” said Dr. Terri Hanlon, regional medical director for Creekside Hospice. “This has further contributed to increased demand for hospice, particularly for inpatient beds when care at home isn’t possible anymore. Having the Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center now is even more important.”
Dr. Hanlon said hospice care is not just about treating patients but providing a holistic approach to pain management for terminal illness care and family services. “End-of-life care can be a very traumatic time for patients and their families. At Creekside, we care for both.”
“We understand how difficult end-of-life can be for our patients and their families, and are so glad to add this great inpatient center which can make their time together much more comfortable and meaningful,” said Bolyard.
Creekside Hospice has provided compassionate care and support for hospice patients and their families in Clark County since 2001, and expanded to Pahrump earlier this year. A continuum of comprehensive hospice services are offered to patients in many settings, including skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, adult care homes (group homes), some hospitals, patients homes, and now the new inpatient center. Creekside has more than 400 patients in its daily census, and its certified nursing assistants make more than 2,000 patient visits each week.
The new Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center features private, professionally decorated and handicapped-accessible patient rooms. Each contains specially designed therapeutic low pressure beds, flat screen television, sleeper loveseat for overnight guests, refrigerator, microwave, ceiling fans, lamps, plantation shutters, armoire, coffee maker and oversized, handicapped-accessible showers. The center also has a chapel, private dining room, great room and easy-access wheelchair ramps.
Services include pain management, symptom control, spiritual counseling, aromatherapy, massage therapy, pet therapy, and other alternative therapies with choices to meet individual needs. Various support and education programs cover individual and group pre- and post-bereavement counseling for adults and children, ventilator withdrawal support, spiritual counseling, volunteers, caregiver training and resource coordination. Well-behaved pets with up-to-date vaccinations are welcome to visit with patients and family.
Creekside’s professional medical staff can administer various medical services and procedures so patients don’t always have to be transported to the hospital which frees up needed emergency and hospital beds. It is lead by three board-certified physicians covering gerontology, internal medicine and other specialties. In addition to Dr. Hanlon, the medical directors are Dr. Lisa Marie Lyons and Dr. Upinder Singh.
Medical services encompass wound care including sutures and staples, blood transfusions, paracentesis (draining abdominal fluid), subcutaneous and IV hydration, ventilator withdrawal, tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube care, chest tubes, accessing central line devices, and other breathing and intravenous procedures.
The opening of Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center created 60 new positions including in-house board-certified physicians, registered nurses, certified
nursing assistants, certified adult and child bereavement counselors, medical social workers, alternative therapies specialists, and administrative/clerical.
For patient admissions, information or volunteering, call (702) 650-7669.
About Creekside Hospice
Creekside Hospice specializes in caring for people with a life-limiting illness by providing comfort to patients and assistance to their loved ones. The focus is on care when a cure is not possible. Creekside Hospice offers a well-managed system of compassionate care and medical support to patients in their homes, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, adult care homes (group homes), some hospitals, and the new Creekside Hospice Inpatient Care Center. Service is provided in Southern Nevada. Working closely with physician supervision, the professional Creekside team helps patients live each day to the fullest, free from pain, with compassion and dignity, surrounded by family and friends. For information, visit www.creeksidehospice.net. In Las Vegas, call (702) 650-7669. In Pahrump, call (775) 727-7000 or visit the office, located at 2200 E. Calvada Blvd., Ste. A, Pahrump, NV 89048.