OSU Wexner Medical Center opens hospice unit

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus is partnering with Hospice of Central Ohio to open a 12-bed inpatient hospice unit in the hospital, according to Columbus Business First.

The $1.2 million project converted rooms that were used for patients recovering from surgery. The hospital has not had inpatient hospice service since 2016, and the new unit can serve up to 700 patients in its first year.

"This type of a venture, whereby we have hospice embedded in an academic medical center, is fairly novel," said Susan Moffatt-Bruce, executive director of University Hospital. "This is an opportunity to care for patients in a very important chapter of their life, but these patients are very complex. We want to make sure everything goes smoothly for that first patient and every patient thereafter."

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