Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, 2012 Cecil Award Winner, speaks about Palliative Care services at Shore Health. Watch Video
The Palliative Care Program at Shore Health System began as a vision of the Memorial Hospital, 2-East Oncology Nurses. Supported by the Administration and graciously funded by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Original Palliative Care suite opened offering a comfortable, homelike environment.
Nursing Staff specially trained in end-of-life nursing care coordinate and manage individualized treatment plans assuring adequate pain and symptom management. The specialized care team of Medical Director, Pain/Palliative Care Specialist, Case Manager, Social Worker and Chaplain assist patients and families dealing with emotional, spiritual and financial concerns specific to individuals facing the end-of-life.
The staff is available to assist in coordinating alternative therapies for Palliative patients; pet visitations and music therapy as well as certified professionals in areas of Massage, Reiki, Guided Imagery and many others - all of which contribute to a calm, comfortable and peaceful environment.
MHE Patient Room
The Palliative Care area at Memorial Hospital consists of 2 patient rooms outfitted with homelike amenities for families and visitors. There is also a separate family lounge offering privacy, comfort and solace to aide families as they cope. The family lounge has a television, microwave, refrigerator, rocker/recliner and a sofa with built-in recliner. The patient suites have flat screen televisions; soothing artwork and sofas that convert to a double bed should families opt to spend the night.
The Palliative Care Program is proud to be supported by the local community. Bayside Quilters provide patients with handmade lap quilts and the decorative wall hangings in the family lounge are made and provided by Warm-Up America, a group with a history of donating quilts and Afghans for the Memorial Hospital patients.
DGH Patient Room
Dorchester General Hospital expanded the availability of palliative care services with the official dedication of the Rufus M. and Loraine H. Todd Palliative Care suites, recently. Named for two of the project's major donors, the suites were modeled after the first palliative care suite opened at Memorial Hospital in 2004. These suites provide a number of amenities designed to help patients and their families have a more private, comfortable experience.
Those amenities include a flat screen televisions, soothing artwork and separate family lounge for each patient room, offering privacy, comfort and solace to aide families. The lounge has a television, microwave, refrigerator, rocker/recliner and a sofa that converts to a double bed should families opt to spend the night.
The suites were built with the generous support of the local community. In addition to the gifts from the Mr. and Mrs. Todd, which were made in honor of three members of the Dorchester General Hospital medical staff, Michael Moran, MD, Eugene Newmier, DO and Brendon Paltoo, MD, funding for the suites was also raised during last year's Luau, hosted at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Moran. The Dorchester General Hospital Foundation was the presenting sponsor for the Luau fundraiser. Other support came from the Neall Family Charitable Foundation.
From time-to-time, patients and families may discharge to other locations for care - hospice homes in the counties, home with hospice services or other arrangements of the families choosing. When this occurs, the Palliative Care staff provides seamless care by communicating with Shore Home Care and Hospice or similar agencies.