Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Hospice Addition Opens
At the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center on Jan. 7, 2014, VA leadership and employees, Veterans, community members, and representatives of elected officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new, world-class Hospice Unit addition.
“Some of the most important work we do at the VA happens in hospice,” said Acting Medical Center Director Jonathan R. Eckman. “This is where Veterans – those who have defended our nation – come to spend their last days. Thanks to our dedicated VA health care professionals, the hospice care we provide is the gold standard.”
The addition replaces the medical center’s currently operating hospice unit, which is located in the adjacent building. The project has constructed an 11,000 square foot addition, and is valued at $5 million.
The space contains a large, sunlit great room that is ideal for Veterans and families to spend special moments together. A modern, home-like kitchen with usable appliances will enable families to prepare their Veteran’s favorite meal, especially for him or her.
There are eight private suites that each contain a bedroom, family sitting and sleep over area, as well as a bathroom and porch. Every patient bed is adjustable for an individual patient’s comfort, and is equipped with an audible alert system if a patient is in danger of falling. Additionally, the bedroom is set up so that nurses can administer medication at the bed side.
Every bedroom is equipped with a ceiling lift, which optimizes patient and staff safety during patient transfer. Additionally, there is a call system that nurses can customize for each patient’s special needs.
The hospice health care team including physicians, nurses, social worker, recreation therapist, and more have work space on the unit, which will enhance the Veteran and family relationship with the team. There is a designated family meeting area which can also be used as a meditation room and chapel. Additionally, there is close, separate parking for visitors.
The Hospice Unit served 80 Veterans in 2013; 65 Veterans in 2012; and 59 Veterans in 2011.
Credit: Jim Garry, Visual Information Specialist
Jonathan Eckman, Acting Medical Center Director
Dr. Sheila Chellappa, Chief of Staff
Nancy Schmid, Chief Nurse Executive
Tony Wolfgang, Acting Associate Medical Center Director
Dr. Ketan Patel, Physician, Geriatrics & Extended Care
Patricia O’Rourke, Hospice Unit Manager
Dr. John Goetz, Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care
Kathy Beach, Registered Nurse on Hospice Unit
Amber Hauer, Recreation Therapist on Hospice Unit
Melanie Challstrom, Social Worker on Hospice Unit