ComfortCare Hospice recognized with  national award for caregiver satisfaction

ComfortCare Hospice staff is a division of South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel. (Submitted photo)

Strategic Healthcare Programs, a national quality benchmarking organization, has designated ComfortCare Hospice a Premier Performer in Caregiver Satisfaction for the 2017 calendar year.

This recognition was awarded to facilities who ranked in the top 5 percent in national quality measures. With more than 6,500 hospice facilities included in the database, those awarded as a Premier Performer scored better or above the national average.

“It is more important than ever that home health and hospice providers focus their efforts on performance improvement,” stated Tatiana Nikitina, vice president of sales and marketing at SHP. “The dedication, compassion and commitment to quality of these top-performing SHP clients is reflected in the feedback provided by their patients.”

ComfortCare Hospice, a division of South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, offers a full spectrum of care for patients. The hospice team consists of physicians, nurses, nurse aides, social workers and a chaplain. Other services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and dietary counseling can be provided as needed. ComfortCare Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patients that are able to receive hospice care are those who have cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, congestive heart failure, lung disease, liver disease, renal disease, ALS (known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), stopped dialysis or any patient that has a life limiting condition with six or fewer months meet qualifications. The goal of hospice care is to improve quality of life by providing physical and emotional needs.

“The sooner the hospice treatment begins, the sooner the patient and family members can receive the full benefits of hospice services,” states Dean Nickens, director of ComfortCare Hospice. “A person does not have to have a terminal cancer or be on his or her deathbed to receive help through hospice. Our team can coordinate the care of the patient and services to ensure symptom control and pain management.”

When severely ill patients who suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, COPD and dementia receive hospice care early on, they experience less depression while improving mentally, physically and emotionally. With hospice staff available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, hospice can offer relief for the patient.

ComfortCare Hospice, a division of South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, offers a full spectrum of care for patients. ComfortCare Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To make a referral or for more information about ComfortCare Hospice, contact us at 601-422-0054.

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