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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Inpatient hospice services now offered at GMC

Gwinnett Daily Post

By Tyler Estep, Staff Writer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center has entered a partnership that allows it to offer inpatient hospice services.

Staffed by employees from Tucker-based Crossroads Hospice and newly-trained GMC workers, inpatient hospice beds with around-the-clock support for patients and families are now available.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with Gwinnett Medical,” said John Bishop, the executive director of Crossroads Hospice of Atlanta. “We believe that our staff, working side by side with the GMC hospital staff, will truly give patients the most compassionate and expert care available.”

Patients taking advantage of the service will receive care and treatment by an interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, aides, pharmacists and psychosocial support staff. In addition, a Crossroads nurse manager, social worker and chaplain will provide on-site care while being on call 24 hours a day.

GMC staff members received months of lead training in hospital and palliative care.

Crossroads Hospice will also provide grief support to family and friends for a minimum of 13 months following their loss. Bereavement support groups on the Lawrenceville campus will be available for all local residents that have lost a loved one.

“This is about much more than pain management,” GMC Director of Palliative Care Services Donna Hyatt said. “This is about helping seriously ill patients and their families avoid the back and forth to the hospital, make the most of their time together, celebrate life and find peace in letting go.”

For more information on Crossroads Hospice, visit


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