Chapters Health System, Bartow Regional Medical Center Open Palliative Care Clinic

Central Florida Health News|April 2020

Chapters Health System, Bartow Regional Medical Center Open Palliative Care Clinic
IN PARTNERSHIP with Chapters Health System, Bartow Regional Medical Center has opened a palliative care clinic in Bartow.
MARY TOOTHMAN
Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The provision of palliative care services on an outpatient basis allows patients to stay in the comfort of their own homes.

The clinic is now open on Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to noon. It is located in one of the medical office buildings at Bartow Regional Medical Center. A soft-opening was held in November, and the official open house was on Feb. 18.

Bartow Regional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Vaaler says the palliative care center offers a valuable service to the community. Vaaler also serves as chief medical officer for South Florida Baptist Hospital and BayCare’s St. Joseph’s North and South hospitals. “Based on our experiences with palliative care at some of our other BayCare facilities, palliative care is a very valuable service for our patients in helping them navigate chronic medical issues,” he says. “These services often happen in the hospital setting, but do not end there.”

With palliative care, patients are provided with ongoing attention to their medical needs — and can avoid the feeling that their care is “over” when they are discharged from a hospital.

“An outpatient service is extremely valuable,” Vaaler says. “It offers continuation of the inpatient services or standalone outpatient services for those patients not currently hospitalized.”

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