Palliative Care Team, Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital | Health Care Heroes – The Virginian-Pilot

Palliative Care Team, Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital | Health Care Heroes – The Virginian-Pilot

The Palliative Care Team at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital is a Health Care Hero for Corporate Achievements in Health Care. From left, Thomas Orsini, president and CEO of Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital; Dr. Richa Goel, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow, EVMS; Rev. Dr. Calvin Durham, director of pastoral care; Linda Christy, nurse practitioner; Stacy Kilgore, nurse director; Tiera Wright, social services director; Wanda Steffens, nurse director; Dr. Marissa Galicia-Castillo, EMVS, palliative medical physician and director; and Karen Wilhelm, vice president of patient services. (Courtesy photo)
A unique collaboration supported by regional philanthropists is providing access to palliative medicine designed to manage burdensome symptoms and enhance quality of life for people living with serious illnesses.
Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital and Eastern Virginia Medical School stepped in to bridge the gap in access to palliative care with support from Joan and the late Macon Brock, the co-founder of Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree. Macon Brock’s father, Dr. M. Foscue Brock, worked as a tuberculosis specialist at Lake Taylor Hospital for years.
The Macon F. Brock Jr. Palliative Care Medicine Program launched in early 2018 with a multidisciplinary team now under the leadership of Dr. Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo from EVMS. This team consists of a palliative medicine physician, the hospice and palliative medicine fellow from EVMS who works with Lake Taylor’s nurse practitioner, nurse managers, administration, a chaplain, social workers and respiratory therapists.
Lake Taylor nurse practitioner Linda Christy shared more details with Inside Business.
Why Was Lake Taylor so well suited for this program?
Palliative care medicine is specialized medical care for people living with a chronic illness. Most of the patients admitted to Lake Taylor have been diagnosed with one or several chronic illnesses. It’s the perfect environment to apply this innovative medicine and impact the most people.
How do you measure its success?
Impact of palliative care is measured on many fronts. First and foremost, comes the management and coordination of the patient’s symptoms, improving both their longevity and their quality of life. Medical care coordination based on the patient and their family’s approach to the serious illness/disease. Burden reduction of the patient’s caregivers — they have lives, jobs and children. Medical cost savings through reduction in hospital admissions, and if admitted, shorter stays in the hospital and fewer doctor visits.
What did it take to build such a program?
Collaboration — Bringing the right players to the table. Investment of time to train all team members on the palliative team and the clinical staff involved in a patient’s care. Funding — We’ve been fortunate to have generous patrons invest in this program. But the program only operates two days per week, and we can only serve 12% of the patients at Lake Taylor.
What does this program add to the larger Hampton Roads health career system/community?
About 90 million Americans are living with serious illness, and this number is expected to more than double over the next 25 years. Approximately 321,820 of those live here in South Hampton Roads. More than 6,000 people in our community could benefit from palliative care. Illnesses most treated by palliative care are heart disease, cancer, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, renal disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Currently, we have a part-time medical director, a part-time fellow and a part-time nurse practitioner, limiting us to providing palliative care medicine to just 12% of our patients. Lake Taylor has plans and is seeking funding to expand the program so that we can treat 100% of the patients that come through our doors.
— Tara Bozick, editor
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