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The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, has awarded its largest grant ever to the Norwood Hospital Collaborative. The two-year $200,000 grant will be used to develop a program that ensures patients’ beliefs and care preferences are communicated to their caregivers as they move from one care setting to another.
Norwood Hospital is collaborating on the grant with nine other health care partners, including Steward® Home Care, Charlwell House HESSCO Elder Services, Kindred Healthcare, VistaCare Hospice, Walpole Visiting Nurse Association, Old Colony Hospice and Golden Living of Norwood.
“Research shows that communication about patients’ wishes and coordination of their care often breaks down as they make the transition from one care location to another,” said Schwartz Center executive director Julie Rosen. “This is a time when patients are often the most vulnerable and in need of compassionate care and engagement. The Schwartz Center is deeply committed to addressing these gaps, and we believe Norwood Hospital and its partners have proposed a creative and effective solution.”
The collaborative is developing a tool to convey patient wishes, values and goals systematically among health care agencies. Called the LifeBox™ this unique communication is designed to highlight “who the patient is.” The pilot program is now enrolling patients.
LifeBox™ Video for Patients, Families and Primary Care Physicians
Norwood Hospital Collaborative participants, seated from left: Pat Gavin; Richard Wulf; MD; Sister Florence Kahler; and Dottie Roberts, BSN, RN. Standing from left: Thoa Ly, pharmacy intern; Nancy Huff, PharmD; Patty Dixon, RN, VistaCare Hospice: Patti Calvert, MSN, RN, WCC; Ken Kelly, Charlwell House; Sara Chaloux, LICSW, HESSCO Elder Services; Debbie Mattia, LICSW, Steward Home Care; Debbie Costello, RN, Steward Home Care; and Jane Mulligan, RN, Steward Home Care.