Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care unit opening at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne

Oakwood Healthcare will open a six-bed inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. The unit, which opens on Thursday, February 23, 2012, will be operated in partnership with Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest hospice provider.

The address of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital is:
33155 Annapolis St
Wayne, MI 48184
Phone: 734.467.4000
Fax: 734.467.4017

Oakwood Healthcare is opening the unit as part of its commitment to offer high quality care to the community from birth through the end of life. The partnership on the inpatient hospice and palliative care unit in the hospital setting is the first of its kind for both organizations, and Annapolis is the first hospital in the Oakwood system to have a dedicated inpatient unit for hospice and palliative care.
”At Oakwood, patients always come first. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate care, and this is never more important than when a patient is facing end of life,” said Barb Medvec, chief nursing officer, Oakwood Healthcare. “Hospice of Michigan is the perfect partner in the creation of a unique inpatient setting that will offer patients and their families the skills of a hospital with all of the comforts of home.”
Hospice and palliative care are considered the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice and palliative care takes a team approach to providing expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to individual patients’ needs and wishes. Hospice and palliative care also provide support to family members and caregivers. Hospice is focused on comfort rather than cure, and honors the belief that every person has the right to die with dignity and in peace.
Palliative care extends the principles of hospice care to a broader population, individuals living with serious, but not terminal illnesses, who may benefit from comfort care. While receiving palliative care, patients may continue with all medical treatments.
Hospice of Michigan President and CEO Dottie Deremo said, “We are proud to be partnering with Oakwood Healthcare on the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at their Annapolis Hospital. With this new unit, we are delivering specialized comfort care to people at a very important time of their lives. Integrating this specialized care into hospital settings is very exciting, and we are excited to be part of Oakwood’s initiative.”