Partnering with Bluegrass Care Navigators
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2017) – Baptist Health Lexington, in conjunction with Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass), is now offering inpatient hospice services so that patients nearing the end of life can stay in the hospital—usually in the same room they’ve been in for acute care—and receive specialized hospice care.
“The hospital added inpatient hospice services through the ‘scatter’ bed model so that patients and families with strong affiliations with Baptist Health providers and staff could remain in the hospital where they’re comfortable but still receive hospice care,” said Kay Ross, RN, MSN, AOCN, vice president of clinical services.
Under the scatter bed model, patients can receive hospice services from virtually any bed. The patient is officially discharged from the hospital, but then admitted as a hospice patient without having to leave the facility.
Hospice services at Baptist Health Lexington are directed by a team of Bluegrass Care Navigators hospice professionals. Baptist Health Lexington nursing staff and ancillary professionals work to carry out the specialized plan of care.
Baptist Health Lexington plans to establish a unit with designated beds for hospice care later this year.