More feathers to help us take flight

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Gilchrist’s care doesn’t stop just because the traditional workday has come to an end. We maintain a special team of nurses, social workers, chaplains and grief counselors who work nights, evenings and weekends to help patients and families in distress and to admit those patients who need our care immediately, regardless of day or time.

 

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With 34 patient beds at Gilchrist Center Towson and 10 at Gilchrist Center Howard County, we are able to provide acute inpatient care for patients with pain or other symptoms that cannot be managed at home. Both centers are designed with all the warmth and comfort of home in mind – with red doors, space for patients and families to spend precious time together and medical equipment hidden in the rooms’ design.

 

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Our nation’s veterans deserve to be recognized for their selfless commitment and sacrifice to help ensure our freedoms. Gilchrist’s We Honor Veterans’ program identifies patients who served in the military and works to ensure that they are receiving all of the resources to which they are entitled, while honoring their service through special “pinning” ceremonies.

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Gilchrist’s volunteer End of Life Doula program helps ensure that there will always be a caring presence by a patient’s bedside during their final hours – offering peace of mind for families.

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The Jewish Hospice Program is designed to enhance our Jewish patients’ experience by ensuring that the care and services they receive, both at home and in our inpatient centers, is sensitive to the rich tapestry of customs, rituals and laws around which they have built meaningful lives.

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Medicare beneficiaries who live at home and suffer from certain diagnoses are able to receive curative care treatments as well as hospice services under our new Gilchrist Care Choices program, part of an Innovation Model piloted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Gilchrist Hospice Care’s Medical Director offers a free, informative series of monthly talks designed to educate the public about the importance of Advance Care Planning.

At Gilchrist Hospice Care, patients and families may benefit not only from the extraordinary care of our nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, counselors and volunteers but also from an array of specialized programs and offerings designed to ensure that all their needs are met, that the end of life is rich and meaningful and pain-free, and that loved ones who will be left behind have the strength to journey on. This story highlights just one of these programs, all designed with the knowledge that…every feather helps a bird take flight.

Read the other stories in our Every feather helps a bird take flight series: A safe place to nest, Loneliness departs, Taking a family under our wing, Helping hearts


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