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Comfort care suites open on unit 9200

The comfort care suites consist of two private rooms that are designed for palliative care patients with a home-like environment.
The comfort care suites consist of two private rooms that are designed for palliative care patients with a home-like environment. The rooms include comfortable furniture, art, music, and warm lighting for family members to stay with their loved ones during their last days.
On Tuesday, September 19, unit 9200 and palliative care services held the dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the comfort care suites on the ninth floor south wing. The dedication was followed by an open house from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. 

The comfort care suites are specialized rooms for palliative care patients with a home-like environment, including comfortable furniture, art, music, and warm lighting, for family members to stay with their loved one during their last days. This is a unique service for a hospital and part of the Medical Center’s continuing mission to treat the patient’s—as well as the family’s—physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

“Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, not all of our patients get better,” says Gina Mohr, MD, director of palliative care services. “We can’t save everyone. But these rooms are about beginnings, not endings—about helping the family begin to heal.”

Gerald R. Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life and wholeness, LLUAHSC, spoke at the dedication service, reminding those attending of the scripture, Isaiah 40:1, where God tells Isaiah to “comfort ye my people”—which is exactly what the comfort care suites are designed to do during an especially tough time for families.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, October 5, 2006