Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care collaborates with Rush University Medical Center to provide end-of-life Care in a comforting environment to patients in the Chicagoland area. This spring, Horizon Hospice
and Palliative Care and Rush University Medical Center will be opening the first inpatient hospice unit at a major medical center in Chicago in order to provide patients with comfort, dignity and compassionate care during their final days. The new, 13-bed unit called the Ada F. Addington Inpatient Hospice Unit, in honor of Horizon Hospice’s founder, will accommodate infants, children and adults.
The Coleman Foundation provided a challenge grant to Horizon Hospice toward the capital campaign to build an inpatient unit in the Bowman Center on Rush’s Campus. The grant was awarded as part of the Foundation’s goal to support services as they relate to the continuity of care for cancer patients, as a large percentage of hospice care is provided to cancer patients.
Hospice care is end-of-life medical, psychological and spiritual care. Hospice caregivers may provide palliative care, which focuses on controlling pain and other symptoms so a patient can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family. Although hospice care in the U.S. primarily is provided in a patient’s home, some patients have medical needs that cannot be provided at home and therefore are provided in an inpatient facility. The collaboration with Rush will offer terminally ill patients and their loved ones peace of mind knowing that they can stay in a comforting environment where they’ll receive the care they need to alleviate their suffering.
A dedication ceremony was held on Monday, April 30, to unveil the new facility. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and more than a hundred guests joined founder, Ada Addington, Executive Director of Horizon Hospice, Mary Runge, Rush CEO, Larry Goodman, MD, as well as doctors, nurses, staff, and donors to tour the new unit.
“This dedicated inpatient unit will provide not only optimal medical care for the patient, with hospice-trained physicians and nurses, but also a dedicated interdisciplinary team of social workers, chaplains and volunteers to make sure that the patient and family are receiving the best psychosocial and spiritual care possible,” said Joanna Martin, MD, Horizon Hospice medical director.