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Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas and Ascension Providence Hospital Collaborate to Enhance Inpatient Hospice Care

Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas, the state’s largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider since 1996, has partnered with Ascension Providence Hospital in Waco to provide inpatient hospice care for qualified patients. The new designated hospice wing will open on June 1 and feature five private rooms located on the fourth floor of Ascension Providence Hospital.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to build on our long-standing partnership with Ascension Providence,” said Viki Jingle, CEO of Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas. “In 1996, leaders from Ascension Providence, along with representatives from two other North Central Texas hospitals, recognized the need for a community-driven, not-for-profit hospice initiative and came together to form what is now Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas.”

Patient care at the new designated hospice wing will be provided by Ascension Providence healthcare professionals specially trained in hospice care along with the Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, and bereavement specialists.

“For more than 28 years, Ascension Providence Hospital and Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas have worked together to care for patients and families across the Waco area,” said Kevin Stevenson, Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Providence Hospital. “We are excited to build upon this partnership with the introduction of this new designated hospice wing, a reflection of our unwavering commitment to caring for our community and responding to the needs of individuals at every stage of life.”

According to Jingle, the new designated inpatient hospice wing at Ascension Providence will allow Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas to expand services and improve access to quality hospice and palliative care for more patients across the Waco area. “For almost 12 years, we’ve provided inpatient care at our Providence Hospice Place on the campus of Ascension Living Providence Village in Waco. However, in light of ongoing regulatory adjustments prompted by the pandemic, we recognized the necessity to transition inpatient care to the hospital,” said Jingle. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Ascension Living Providence Village as we provide expert hospice care to their patients who rely on our services.”

In addition to the newly established hospice designated wing at Ascension Providence, Providence Hospice-Community Healthcare of Texas provides inpatient hospice care at various locations, including their six-bed free-standing Hospice House on the campus of Texas Health Huguley in South Fort Worth, a six-bed inpatient hospice wing in Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and an eight-bed hospice wing at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

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