Clearwater ― Suncoast Hospice and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital have launched a joint palliative care program for patients at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. The palliative model of care offers an interdisciplinary team approach and in this case, Suncoast Hospice provides a palliative care physician while Morton Plant North Bay Hospital staffs a social worker and chaplain.
Palliative care focuses on helping patients attain physical comfort as well as emotional and spiritual well-being and is intended to enhance quality of life. It extends beyond patients to assist their families as they help to address patient care concerns. Palliative care concentrates on resolving pain and other physical symptoms, emotional and spiritual concerns, nutritional problems, difficult medical decisions and care needs post hospital discharge. It takes into consideration patient/family culture, religious and spiritual beliefs and can be especially beneficial to those with chronic illnesses and conditions. Palliative care and curative care may be offered concurrently.
Hal Ziecheck, president of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, said, “Suncoast Hospice has a proven record in quality, compassionate palliative care. I am confident that our patients and their families will benefit from this collaborative partnership.”
A number of other BayCare Health System hospitals have palliative care partnerships with Suncoast Hospice as well. They are – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor; Mease Dunedin; and BayCare Alliant, Dunedin.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Morton Plant North Bay Hospital as together we focus on pain and symptom control and quality of life of our mutual patients. In addition, for patients who need palliative home healthcare post hospital discharge, our Suncoast Community Care will be able to provide services and care to accommodate their needs,” said Rafael J. Sciullo, president and CEO of Suncoast Hospice. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is at 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey.
About Suncoast Hospice
Suncoast Hospice is a not-for-profit community-based organization established more than 35 years ago by volunteers. It is part of the Suncoast Hospice Family of Programs dedicated to high-quality, compassionate hospice, palliative care, bereavement counseling, advance care planning and other services for the individuals and families it serves. To contact Suncoast Hospice, please call (727) 467-7423 or go to Suncoasthospice.org.
About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey, Fla.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.