Community Collaborates to Support Reopening of Allina Health’s Hospice House

Communities in southern Minnesota are working to help Allina Health find a sustainable path forward following the recent closure of its inpatient hospice facility. Minneapolis-based Allina Health built the Homestead Hospice House in 2005, which served both Owatonna and Steele county communities in the state before recently shuttering. The nonprofit health system’s inpatient center provided […]

Culture, Compensation, Education Are Keys to Hospice Chaplain Turnover

The hospice chaplain shortage is reaching a tipping point. As they work to recruit and retain their chaplain labor force, hospices are contending with a barrage of issues that also can impact patient access. Hospice chaplains are being asked to do more with less time and resources available, which can adversely affect the quality of […]

Aspirus Health System Expands Hospice Footprint in Michigan

Wisconsin-based Aspirus Health System has expanded its hospice and palliative care programs to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The services will operate under the nonprofit system’s Aspirus at Home Brand. Aspirus’ 11,000 employees provide care through four hospitals in Michigan and 13 in Wisconsin, in addition to 75 clinics, home health and hospice agencies, pharmacies nursing homes, […]

Hoag Memorial Hospital Unveils Hospice, Home Health Subsidiary

California-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has launched a home care and hospice venture. Branded as Hoag at Home, the company will offer preventive medicine, diagnostics, treatment and recovery services throughout Orange County in its home state. Hoag cited the rapidly rising aging population as a factor in its decision to bring care into patients’ residences. By […]

Saratoga Hospital Expands Palliative Care Program Beyond Inpatients

New York state-based Saratoga Hospice has launched a community-based palliative care program, citing increased demand for those services. This continues a trend in recent years of acute care providers moving into home-based care. Saratoga Hospital for many years has provided palliative care to their inpatients. This expanded program will extend their reach into patient homes […]

Hospitals Increasingly Offering Home-Based Palliative Care

At a time when more health care stakeholders are recognizing the value of home-based care, a rising number of hospitals and health systems are expanding their services into the community, particularly when it comes to palliative care.  Home-based palliative care could reduce societal health care costs by $103 billion nationwide within two decades, according to […]