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MIAMI COUNTY - Hospice of Miami County and Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) have announced plans are being finalized for the opening of Hospice of Miami County’s Inpatient Unit in the hospital later this year.

The unit will allow the nonprofit Hospice of Miami County to provide continuity of care and short-term symptom management while creating a comfortable, supportive end-of-life care environment. The seven-bed, self-contained unit located on the second floor of the hospital will be operated and staffed by Hospice of Miami County’s interdisciplinary team.

Renovation work on the unit will begin later this month and is targeted for completion in the fall. The work will be coordinated by Hospice of Miami County with App Architecture and Brackett Builders.

“Hospice of Miami County and UVMC have had a long-standing cooperative relationship,” said Becky Rice, UVMC President and CEO. “We have had a collaborative virtual beds agreement with Hospice for the past five years, and very much welcome the opportunity for on-site services at a whole new level.”

“It is very important for us to launch an inpatient unit and all that it will allow us to offer,” said Heather Bolton, Executive Director of Hospice of Miami County. “We frequently hear from patients and families that they would like to see local end-of-life inpatient care available in Miami County. This inpatient unit is the next level in offering superior hospice care to our community in a ‘home-like’ setting.”

Patients who choose hospice care receive a full scope of non-curative medical and support services for their terminal illness, including music, massage, light and pet therapies. Inpatient hospice care is designed for short-term care to manage acute symptoms, adjust medications or to stabilize patients. It also supports the family and loved ones of the patient through a variety of services including grief and bereavement programs, as well as assistance from social workers and chaplains.

“We are very pleased that Upper Valley Medical Center understands the need for Hospice of Miami County to continue to serve our patients with the highest end-of-life care. The new inpatient unit will allow us to build upon the high quality care that the community has received over the past 30 plus years from our organization,” said Thomas J. Hagan, Chairman of the Hospice of Miami County Board of Directors.

“The UVMC Board of Directors values the important services provided by Hospice of Miami County and our ongoing partnership,” said Rowan Nickol, M.D., Chairman of the UVMC Board of Directors. “Our appreciation for their work has been reflected the past few years with grants provided through the UVMC Community Benefit Fund.”

The fund was established as part of UVMC’s mission to support local programs that help serve the health needs of the community. Last year Hospice used the grant funds to update an electronic medical record system for the organization.

Hospice of Miami County has provided care to the community since 1983. The local organization formed a partnership with Hospice of Dayton in summer 2013. The organizations are working together to develop ways of taking hospice care to a new level and reinforce/promote the nonprofit hospice approach to delivering care. Hospice of Miami County and Hospice of Dayton are the only nonprofit, Joint Commission accredited hospices in Miami and Montgomery counties.

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