Now Open: New VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit in Lake Wales

Home-like Facility at AdventHealth Projected to Serve 400+ Patients Annually

July 15, 2021

LAKE WALES, FL — Hospice patients and their families in Florida’s Polk County can find extra layers of clinical support and high-acuity, comfort-focused care at the new VITAS Healthcare Inpatient Hospice Unit (IPU) in Lake Wales.

The company’s first IPU in Polk County offers around-the-clock symptom management by a team of interdisciplinary experts for hospice patients whose symptoms can no longer be managed at home or in their preferred care setting.

“As the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, we are privileged to serve and support patients who require levels of care beyond routine hospice service,” said Deborah Totten, general manager for VITAS.

Located on the campus of AdventHealth Lake Wales hospital at 410 South 11th Street, the IPU accepts hospice-eligible referrals from all neighboring hospitals, assisted living communities, physicians’ offices and other providers. VITAS previously cared for patients with advanced illness in the hospital’s general inpatient beds since 2016.

“Our partnership with AdventHealth has proven mutually favorable for everyone involved, especially for patients and their families who benefit from seamless care,” Totten said.

The new IPU is expected to serve more than 400 patients annually.

Eight private rooms equipped with recliners, televisions and private bathrooms provide home-like comfort in a clinically optimized setting. Family and friends can visit 24/7—in accordance with current health guidelines and safety protocols from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and utilize overnight accommodations to remain by their loved one’s side. The unit also features a specialized bariatric room.

VITAS continues to deliver in-home hospice care in Highlands, Polk and Hardee counties and has been a Midstate Florida provider since 2014. VITAS clinicians and care teams are available 24/7 to offer care and answer questions.

Clinicians can download the VITAS Healthcare mobile app for 24/7 referrals, locations and interactive hospice eligibility guidelines, or contact VITAS 24/7 at 800.93.VITAS.

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