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Tidewell Care Center To Open At Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tidewell Hospice has contracted with Lakewood Ranch Medical Center to create the area’s first inpatient hospice unit located within a hospital. The agreement, which officially begins with the first admission, establishes a six-bed Tidewell Care Center at LWRMC.

Previously, hospice patients residing in the Lakewood Ranch area had to transfer to Tidewell’s hospice houses in either Ellenton or Sarasota for inpatient care. Under the new arrangement, patients now will have a more convenient alternative.

The Tidewell Care Center is located on the hospital’s third floor and features six private rooms. The Center operates independently from LWRMC and will be staffed 24/7 by experienced Tidewell Hospice clinical professionals.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce this unique lease arrangement with Tidewell that allows Lakewood Ranch Medical Center to be the site of expanded hospice services available to the residents of Manatee and surrounding counties,” LWRMC CEO Jim Wilson said.

Criteria for admission will be the same as it is for Tidewell’s seven hospice houses. Patients in need of continuous symptom control can be admitted to the Care Center for around-the-clock care while their condition is stabilized. When those symptoms are brought under control and patients and their family members feel comfortable making the transition, they can return to where most patients really want to be - their own home.

The creation of the Tidewell Care Center also increases the number of inpatient beds available to area hospice patients from 18 to 24.

“Our goal is to help people who choose our care make the most of every day, with dignity and quality,” Tidewell Hospice President and CEO Gerry Radford said. “This new Tidewell Care Center will give area residents a local option. Instead of time spent traveling to a more distant location, family members can spend that time in a much more memorable way with their loved one.”

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Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is a 120-bed acute care hospital that has been serving the residents of Manatee and surrounding counties since 2004. Tidewell Hospice is an independent, not-for-profit organization offering a home-based, total support system for people living with advanced illness in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

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