VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at
North Shore Medical Center
1100 N.W. 95th St., 2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33150
In the VITAS inpatient hospice unit at North Shore Medical Center, we take an individualized approach to every patient we care for. Our goal is to support our patients and their loved ones through a difficult time.
This is the inpatient hospice unit that set the standard for all of VITAS’s professional yet homelike inpatient units. It was our first unit to ever open; today, VITAS operates many inpatient hospice units across the country. Our North Shore unit serves 14 patients, including four private rooms, on the hospital’s second floor. Because it is separated from the rest of the hospital, it offers the private, calm atmosphere patients and families prefer.
The unit reflects the area’s unique cultural diversity, with Caribbean and Central American artists displaying their work on our walls and a trilingual staff (English, Spanish and Creole) serving the Haitian and Latin American patients and families who live in the North Miami area.
Conveniently located at NW 95th Street and I-95, the inpatient unit looks out onto a beautiful garden. Our multidisciplinary team—hospice physician, nurses, social worker and chaplain—are skilled in the medical management of pain and complicated symptoms.
With comfortable new furnishings, this is a cozy unit. The family room welcomes family discussions or just down time. A children’s area allows kids to entertain themselves with games, toys and books provided by our volunteers. There is an espresso machine in the kitchen, where families are welcome to store food in the refrigerator or prepare small meals.
Visitor Services in Our Miami Inpatient Hospice Unit
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. We can also accommodate visitors who wish to spend the night.
We know that pets are members of patients’ families and are very therapeutic. 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®.
Additional Features and Services Include:
- There are shower facilities for patients or their visitors in private rooms.
- Patients may bring personal items, including clothing. Hospital gowns are also provided.
- For your convenience, there are facilities where families may do laundry.
- The unit features a quiet room, an ideal space for rest, reflection or private family talks.
Meet Your Inpatient Hospice Team in Miami
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.
- VITAS 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.
VITAS is Here for You
Hospice care is for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Occasionally, hospice patients may require care beyond what their primary caregivers can comfortably provide at home.
At the VITAS inpatient hospice unit at North Shore 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.
We understand how important home is to hospice patients. Should your loved one require a stay at the inpatient hospice unit, however, you’ll be glad to know that we’ve created a restful, homelike environment where medical crises can be managed efficiently and compassionately.
We encourage you to ask our unit staff any questions you might have, and share any information about the patient you believe is relevant.