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Newly combined organization aims to transform serious illness and end-of-life care with equitable access to high-quality, comprehensive, and integrated services across palliative, hospice, and home health care.
When facing a terminal illness, hospice care can provide essential support and comfort to both patients and their families. It focuses on improving the quality of life during the final stages of an illness, offering pain management, emotional and spiritual support, and assistance with daily activities.
By the Bay Health has announced the appointment of Skelly Wingard, RN, MSN as Chief Executive Officer for the organization. The appointment, which will be effective June 19, follows a nationwide search for a new leader to fill the role currently held by Kitty Whitaker, who announced her retirement in February of 2022.
Xavier was born with a genetic immune deficiency and a prognosis of no more than two years. Through the efforts of the BTBH Pediatric Palliative Care program he has now made it to nine.
Miguel has struggled has with repeated respiratory problems since birth. The BTBH Pediatric Palliative Care team has supported Miguel and his family with compassionate care for more than four years
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Hospice is for patients who are facing a terminal prognosis of six months or less, if their disease follows its expected course.
- Palliative care meets the needs of patients who don’t have a terminal diagnosis, but are still facing a serious, challenging, or life-threatening illness.
- Skilled home health care helps homebound patients who are recovering from surgery or learning to cope with long-term medical challenges such as heart disease, COPD, or diabetes.
Each of the sections on our website under Patient Care provides more detail on eligibility, insurance coverage, and admission. You may then consult with your primary physician or give us a call.
Some of the key indicators that it may be time to consider hospice are when:
- Treatments meant to cure or slow the disease are no longer working
- Frequent hospital visits are used to control pain and symptoms
- There is an unexplained drop in weight
- The patient spends most of the day lying down
- The patient experiences shortness of breath while resting
No. Anyone may refer a patient to our care, in order to start the admission process. However, a By the Bay Health physician, in consultation with your primary physician or specialist, will determine your eligibility for you to access our services.
Insurance coverage varies for each service option. Some are almost fully covered by Medicare, while others rely on a growing list of contracted insurers. We can help you determine your options.