Delaware Hospice & Saint Francis Healthcare Partner to Expand Palliative Consultations in the Wilmington Area
(Newark, DE) — Delaware Palliative, a program of Delaware Hospice, is proud to announce a new partnership with Saint Francis Healthcare, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic to provide palliative consultative services to Saint Francis Healthcare’s patients. As a leader in in-home palliative care, Delaware Palliative is honored to partner with Saint Francis Healthcare to provide palliative consultations to their eligible patients. The partnership will begin on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
Palliative care is specialized supportive care for people living with serious illnesses. The focus is on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis. Through palliative care the following can be provided:
- Symptom management and the highest quality of supportive care
- To promote end of life/goals of care planning discussions and completion of advance healthcare forms
- Safe transitions for patients across the healthcare continuum
- Reduction of emergency room visits and hospitalizations
“In the coming months, we expect this partnership to be the beginning of an ongoing and growing relationship between Delaware Hospice and Saint Francis Healthcare,” commented Vice President of Clinical Services for Delaware Hospice, Debra Kent RN, BSN, MA, CCRN, NEA-BC. “We have seen an increased demand in palliative consultations from our medical community members propelled from the effects of the pandemic.”
Chief Medical Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare, Dr. Ralph Gonzalez commented, “The Delaware Palliative Team has the expertise and resources to support our staff at Saint Francis while being able to provide healthcare solutions to our community. In light of the pandemic, more patients and their families are involved in learning about their healthcare options and are more willing to have these tough conversations earlier.”
About Delaware Hospice
Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has provided the highest quality hospice and healthcare services, and serves as a trusted community partner in end-of-life education and support. Our mission is to provide support to every individual, family, and community with compassionate and expert care for serious illness. Accredited by the Joint Commission and active members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Delaware Quality of Life Coalition, and Alliance Kids Delaware Hospice continues to be a licensed, nonprofit, community-based healthcare agency serving Delaware as well as southern Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Through our commitment to care for our community, we offer the following programs and services, many free of charge: Delaware Hospice, the Delaware Hospice Center, Katybug, Delaware Palliative, Delaware Transitions, Bereavement, New Hope, and Honoring Choices® Delaware. For more information about Delaware Hospice’s programs and services, upcoming events, or employment opportunities, call 302.478.5707 or visit our website, delawarehospice.org.
About Saint Francis Healthcare
Founded in 1924, Saint Francis Healthcare is guided by its Catholic-health core values of reverence, stewardship, integrity, justice and commitment to the underserved. Located in Wilmington, Del., and with 219 licensed beds, Saint Francis Healthcare offers numerous outpatient services, a primary care physician network and is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. Saint Francis Healthcare offers the shortest ER wait time in New Castle County, Del., and is designated by the state and American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital is the basic life support EMS provider for the cities of Wilmington and Dover, Del. Additionally, the hospital partners with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for Level II neonatology care, and partners with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for maternal-fetal medicine. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Catholic Medical Center — Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pa.; Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus in West Philadelphia; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. and home health and LIFE programs. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.
About Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Catholic Medical Center — Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pa.; Mercy Catholic Medical Center — Mercy Philadelphia Campus in West Philadelphia; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., and home health and LIFE programs throughout the region. These entities include hospitals, associated clinics, medical offices, specialized facilities, affiliated institutions and foundations serving together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within their communities. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health.