VITAS Healthcare Inpatient Center in Rockledge To Open in Early 2019
By Space Coast Daily // January 30, 2019
will house 14 private rooms and offer comfort-focused amenities
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Residents of Brevard County now have improved access to hospice through VITAS Healthcare’s Inpatient Center at Rockledge, located at 5425 S. U.S. Highway 1 and Robles Lane.
VITAS, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, announced the grand opening of its new inpatient unit (IPU) on Tuesday, February 5.
“The construction of the VITAS IPU at Rockledge underscores our commitment to meeting the growing demand for our quality, compassionate care in the Space Coast community,” said VITAS General Manager Susan Acocella.
“We chose this area of Brevard County so that local VITAS patients who have complex symptom management needs that require highly skilled care around the clock will have greater access to our inpatient hospice services.”
The 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility houses 14 private rooms and offers comfort-focused amenities, including a spacious family area, two kitchens and overnight accommodations for family members.
Two screened lanais for patients and families are nestled in serene surroundings bordering Brevard County’s River Walk Family Park. Wireless internet access and cable television are available for visitors.
WATCH: “The construction of the VITAS IPU at Rockledge underscores our commitment to meeting the growing demand for our quality, compassionate care in the Space Coast community,” said VITAS General Manager Susan Acocella. (VITAS video)
The IPU’s central location on U.S. Highway 1 near I-95 provides easy access for Brevard County residents and visitors. Doctors who refer patients to VITAS also benefit from the new IPU, which accepts 24-hour direct admissions, including weekends and holidays, and offers protocols for complex and high-acuity hospice patients.
VITAS currently operates 28 IPUs nationwide, most of which are located within hospital campuses.
IPUs like the new Rockledge facility enable VITAS to provide care for hospice patients whose symptoms have become unmanageable in their home-care setting. Most patients return home after spending a few days in the unit.
VITAS Inpatient Center at Rockledge is the company’s first inpatient unit built from the ground up in Brevard County. The facility is expected to serve about 550 patients annually.
VITAS Healthcare was established in 1978 and is a pioneer and leader in the American hospice movement. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS operates 47 hospice programs in 14 states and employs 12,145 professionals who care for terminally ill patients.
For more information visit VITAS.com
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