Alive Hospice, Skyline celebrate opening of inpatient hospice unit

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July 23, 2007

New 16-bed unit increases access to quality end-of-life care

Alive Hospice Ribbon Cutting

Officials representing Alive Hospice, TriStar Health System and Skyline Medical Center celebrated the opening of Alive Hospice at Skyline Madison Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 17. Left to right: Skyline CEO Mike Garfield; Skyline Madison Campus COO Melissa Osesek Waddey; Alive Hospice COO Edie Rimas; Alive Hospice President and CEO Janet L. Jones; and TriStar Health System President Larry Kloess. The 16-bed inpatient hospice unit will begin serving patients and families in August. Photo credit: Dana Thomas

Nashville, Tenn. July 23, 2007– Madison and surrounding communities will have increased access to quality end-of-life care with Alive Hospice’s new inpatient unit at Skyline Madison Campus. The unit, called Alive Hospice at Skyline Madison Campus, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 17 and will begin serving patients and families in August.

Alive Hospice at Skyline Madison Campus will serve patients who can no longer remain in their own homes due to their acute symptom management needs and require 24-hour-a-day care. The unit will provide a full continuum of care, ranging from symptom control and pain management for patients to bereavement services and education for their families.

Alive Hospice and Skyline Medical Center finalized a contract in March for the development of the new unit. Alive Hospice is leasing space from Skyline and employs the unit’s staff of 30. Skyline Madison Campus, formerly Tennessee Christian Medical Center, can be found at 500 Hospital Drive.

“It’s part of our mission to make quality hospice care available to all who need it. This is one more way of doing that,” said Alive Hospice President and CEO Janet L. Jones. “It delights us to partner with Skyline and to be here at Skyline Madison Campus, closer to those we serve in Madison, Goodlettsville, Gallatin and surrounding areas.”

“It’s important as a society that we embrace the aging population and provide helpful services such as hospice care,” said Skyline CEO Mike Garfield. “TriStar’s Middle Tennessee HCA facilities set out on a mission to provide the best possible hospice service. We’re thrilled and honored to be working with Alive Hospice, the region’s premier provider of hospice service.”

Hospice care provides not only for one’s medical needs, but also for patients’ and families' emotional, social and spiritual needs. Alive Hospice patients and their families are served by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and bereavement support staff.

The opening of the new unit further cements the relationship established by Alive Hospice and Skyline. In January, Alive Hospice opened a branch office in Skyline Madison Campus' medical office building. The branch office provides space for staff who serve Alive's home care patients who live in portions of Davidson County as well as Sumner, Cheatham, Robertson and Wilson counties.

For more information about Alive Hospice, call (615) 327-1085 or visit www.alivehospice.org.

About Alive Hospice

Alive Hospice, which serves a 12-county region, provides loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives. The oldest and largest non-profit hospice in Middle Tennessee, Alive Hospice has been providing compassionate end-of-life care to patients and their families since 1975. Services include comfort care and pain management to patients diagnosed with a life expectancy of six months or less; full-time board certified Palliative Care Physicians; full-time medical staff on duty with 24-hour-a-day, on-call access; skilled teams of registered nurses, social workers, chaplains and home health aides assigned to help patients and their families; and bereavement support for anyone experiencing the death of a loved one.

About Skyline Medical Center

Skyline Madison Campus, a facility of Skyline Medical Center, is located in the heart of Madison at 500 Hospital Drive. With the region's most comprehensive mental health and chemical dependency services, care is provided in a variety of formats to best accommodate the individual patient - from inpatient care, to partial hospitalization to intensive outpatient care. Skyline Medical Center's main campus is located at 3441 Dickerson Pike on the highest point in Davidson County. Recognized nationally for its neuroscience services, Skyline was the first hospital in Tennessee to earn national certification as a "Primary Stroke Center." In addition to its neuroscience services, Skyline is also known for its cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and emergency services. Part of the TriStar Health System family of hospitals, Skyline is licensed for 467 beds at its two facilities.

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