VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at
Florida Medical Center
5000 W. Oakland Park Blvd., 3 North
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313
At the VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at Florida Medical Center, we take an individualized approach to every patient we care for. We’re here to support our patients and their loved ones through a difficult time.
Our inpatient unit at Florida Medical Center has an extraordinary staff that cares for some of VITAS’s most fragile patients, including ventilator patients from other hospitals who come to the VITAS unit when it is time for extubation. This unit has the resources necessary to ensure a peaceful transition.
This unit is where education and innovation take place as well. Medical students from schools with VITAS affiliations make rounds here, along with two VITAS hospice specialists. VITAS trains new staff from all over the country here as well.
There are two full-time social workers on staff, a chaplain and up to seven VITAS hospice nurses to handle the unit’s complex cases. Other specialists provide music, respiratory and pet therapy; there are also office and patient-care volunteers at work in the unit.
The unit offers 20 private rooms that encompass the hospital’s entire fifth floor. There is also a family room, large kitchen, quiet room and two nurses’ stations.
Florida Medical Center serves residents from Sunrise, Plantation, Oakland Park, Lauderdale Lakes and Fort Lauderdale in Broward. There is complimentary parking 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Features of Our Inpatient Hospice Unit in Fort Lauderdale
The VITAS inpatient hospice unit is designed for patients and their families. Most rooms have a sleeper sofa to accommodate guests, and families are welcome to store food in the refrigerator or prepare small meals in the community kitchen. Shower and laundry facilities are available.
At VITAS, we believe that the best therapy for hospice patients is the comfort they derive from their loved ones. The inpatient unit is open 24/7 for the convenience of family members and visitors. Pets are welcome to visit for short periods of time as long as they are on leashes and supervised by an adult. We can even arrange a visit from one of our VITAS Paw Pals®.
Meet Your Inpatient Hospice Team in Fort Lauderdale
Our multi-disciplinary team of hospice professionals ensures that the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and families are being met.
- A team manager oversees all care in the unit.
- Your primary physician or the VITAS physician visits daily to closely follow the patient and provide pain and symptom management.
- Our nurses are skilled in assessing and managing pain and other symptoms.
- The social worker acts as a friendly and skilled listener and provides emotional support.
- Nursing staff assists with personal care, including bathing and oral hygiene.
- A chaplain ministers to the spiritual needs of patients and families of all faiths, and can work with your clergy as desired.
- Volunteers, including Paw Pals, spend quality time with patients and families.
- Bereavement specialists provide grief and loss support
Occasionally, hospice patients may require care beyond what their primary caregivers can comfortably provide at home. At the VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at Florida Medical Center, our specialized team provides the necessary level of care to stabilize symptoms so patients can return to the familiarity of their own homes and routines as quickly as possible.