VITAS Healthcare Opens 14-Bed Inpatient Hospice Unit at Villa Rosa in San Antonio

July 13, 2020

The group holds a ceremonial ribbon for the ribbon-cutting inside the inpatient hospice unit

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and other local officials attended a private ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at Villa Rosa Medical Plaza.

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Residents of San Antonio now have expanded access to compassionate end-of-life care through the VITAS Healthcare Inpatient Hospice Unit (IPU) at Villa Rosa Medical Plaza. Located at 5131 Medical Drive, Suite 310, this facility is expected to serve more than 700 patients with advanced illness annually.

Healthcare professionals can contact the new IPU at 210.961.4060 for 24/7 referral information or download the VITAS mobile app for secure, one-touch referrals, VITAS locations and interactive hospice eligibility guidelines.

“San Antonio has been incredibly receptive to the comfort-focused care and clinical support we’ve provided to the community, and this new facility enables us to deliver care more effectively to greater numbers of patients and families,” said Joseph Brickner, general manager of VITAS in San Antonio. “The VITAS IPU at Villa Rosa offers extra layers of support around the clock from an expert hospice team in a place that feels like home.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, marked the grand opening of the new location. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and other local officials attended the private event. 

Conveniently located in the Medical Center of San Antonio and accessible via I-10 and I-410, the IPU features 14 private rooms, a family room, kitchen, in-room recliners and sofas, washer and dryer, and children’s play area. Visitation hours are available for family and friends, with service animals and well-trained pets welcome. Family accommodations are available at nearby hotels and restaurants.

VITAS IPUs offer a temporary home away from home for patients near the end of life, along with their families, when symptoms can no longer be managed in their preferred setting of care. Patients receive 24/7 care from an interdisciplinary VITAS team comprising a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteer and bereavement expert who attend to the medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Operating offices in San Antonio and San Marcos, VITAS provides quality compassionate care to patients with advanced illness throughout 16 counties in the Greater San Antonio area.

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