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New Jewish Community Hospice Program Serves the Needs of Jewish Patients and Families

10/28/2009

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to introduce a Jewish Community Hospice Program to serve the specific needs of Jewish patients and families. The new program is an extension of the Medical Center’s long-established Hospice program which, under the direction of Patricia Ballerini, MSN, RN.C NP, has a distinguished record of providing quality and compassionate care to patients who have a terminal illness and wish to receive palliative care in the comfort of their own home. Adding to the comprehensiveness of the new program, the Medical Center is collaborating with the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, which will provide select services for patients in the Jewish Community Hospice Program.

“For many years, we’ve provided a full range of medical and related services in our traditional Hospice program,” noted Jo Ann Walter, MSN, RN, BC, Executive Director for Continuing Care at Englewood Hospital. “Now, our Hospice staff includes members of the Jewish community, helping to ensure that Jewish traditions and laws will be upheld and respected, both at home and in patient care.”

“The Jewish Community Hospice Program is a valuable service to the Jewish people in our community,” said Charles P. Berkowitz, President and CEO of the Jewish Home Family. “We’re very pleased to be affiliated with Englewood Hospital in this effort. It is our goal to enhance the scope of this vital program by providing meaningful ancillary services such as adult medical day care, transportation and kosher meals to home care patients and families under RCBC supervision.”

In the new program, members of the hospital’s Jewish Community Hospice team, including a physician, registered nurse, medical social worker, hospice aide, volunteer, Jewish chaplain and a Jewish community liaison, work together to support patients and their  loved ones in the home setting. Among the services available through the program are skilled nursing care; hospice aide service; medical equipment and supplies; medication for pain management; bereavement follow-up, and support groups led by trained professionals.

“The new program reflects the commitment of Englewood Hospital and its program affiliate, the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, to provide the Jewish families in our area with services that recognize and align with their specific needs and customs,” said Rachel Dube, Englewood Hospital Jewish Community Liaison. Rabbi Nathan Langer adds, “The Medical Center already provides our Jewish patients with religious amenities while they receive care within the hospital. Now we can extend that cultural sensitivity to the home-based hospice care that EHMC provides.”

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is thankful to the many supporters in the community who have volunteered their time and were instrumental in working with hospital staff to bring the Jewish Community Hospice Program to fruition. Among them is Alan Musicant, Manager of Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors and Wien & Wien Memorial Chapels, who noted, “We are privileged to be part of this valuable program. We’ve heard time after time how Englewood Hospital’s outstanding hospice program gently guided families down the path of end-of-life issues and how genuinely grateful family caregivers were to have dedicated professional caregivers at their side during very trying times. We’re very gratified to now see a program tailored to the specific needs of Jewish patients and their families.”

For more information on the Jewish Community Hospice Program or to learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer, call Judith Stampfl, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 201.894.3333.