The Joint Commission designation recognizes exceptional, patient-centered palliative care
Two Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals were re-designated with The Joint Commission’s Advanced Palliative Care Certification, which recognizes hospital inpatient programs with exceptional patient and family-centered care that improves quality of life for those with serious illness.
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth are among only five facilities in Texas with the Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the first program in Texas – and one of the first 10 in the nation – to receive the certification in September 2013. Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth was first certified in 2014.
“We’re honored to be among a handful of facilities in Texas recognized for our dedication to quality, patient-centered palliative care,” said Robert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, clinical director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Scott & White Health. “Our multidisciplinary team is specially trained to care for patients facing serious illness with everything from symptom control to long-term care planning to help improve their quality of life.”
Supportive and palliative care teams include physicians, advance practice nurses, social workers, chaplains, occupational therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, speech therapists, music practitioners and volunteers who care for patients diagnosed with a serious illness and their families. Both hospital programs include certified child life specialists who help the children and grandchildren of seriously ill patients cope with the impact of the illness.
The intensive certification process involves an on-site review, submission of quality metrics and evidence of effective, timely palliative care using a multidisciplinary team approach. The certification demonstrates Baylor Scott & White Health’s commitment to providing quality, comprehensive care.
About Baylor Scott & White Health
Formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, the system referred to as Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Georgia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The system now includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 access points, 6,000 active physicians, and 40,000 employees, plus the Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance — a network of clinical providers and facilities focused on improving quality, managing the health of patient populations, and reducing the overall cost of care. For more information visit:BaylorScottandWhite.com
* based on unaudited 2015 fiscal year statements