Pallitus Health Partners opens Outpatient Clinic for serious illness management at Baptist Health Louisville
Photo 1: Second from left: David W. Cook, Hosparus Health CEO is joined by Baptist Health Louisville executives including President, Larry W. Gray; Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth (Chuck) Anderson; and Vice President of Physician Integration, Karan Shah, MD, as they discuss Pallitus Health Partners’ outpatient clinic on the Louisville campus.
Photo 2: From left: Dr. Bethany Snider, Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, poses with Nurse Practitioner, Tricia Cobler and Hosparus Health CEO, David W. Cook, to celebrate the opening of Pallitus Health Partners’ outpatient clinic on the campus of Baptist Health Louisville. Pallitus Health Partners, a division of Hosparus Health, offers comprehensive palliative care for those dealing with serious illness in Kentucky and Indiana.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 1, 2022) – Pallitus Health Partners, a part of Hosparus Health, is opening a new outpatient palliative care clinic offering community-based services to patients facing serious illness on the campus of Baptist Health Louisville. The clinic is located at 3950 Kresge Way, Suite 100, in Louisville, and opens November 1, 2022. The facility will see patients by appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The clinic will serve patients with complex medical conditions such as cancer, heart failure, COPD, dementia, and other neurologic disorders. Patients with serious illnesses impacting their daily lives and functional abilities are at a greater risk for ER visits and hospitalizations. These patients are ideal candidates for palliative care services, which emphasize closer monitoring of patients and engaging earlier in symptom control. This allows individuals the opportunity to discuss their goals and options, as well as identify a meaningful healthcare plan that can improve their quality of life for a longer period of time.
An interdisciplinary team brings together experts in the fields of palliative care and complex disease management to develop an individualized plan focused on the physical, medical, social, and emotional aspects of facing a serious illness. Palliative care providers, including onsite nurse practitioners with oversite by a palliative medicine physician, are embedded at the clinic, along with 24/7 on-call provider care. Telephonic weekend support is included to address patients’ symptom management needs. The team also includes social workers to help address the emotional, financial, and caregiving needs of patients and their families.
Palliative care interventions have been shown to help improve the quality of care patients and their families receive. Benefits include:
- Reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions
- Increased patient education on serious illness care management
- Improved symptom control through collaboration with primary providers
- Improved patient experiences
- Improved emotional and spiritual wellbeing
- Increased access to advance care planning
- Improved quality of life of patients and families
“The palliative services we offer are consistently shown to improve the quality of life for those living with the most complex and advanced health conditions. As those with serious health conditions are taking back control of their care, establishing this clinic on the Baptist Health Louisville campus allows us to help meet the increasing demand for community-based options,” said Pallitus Health Partners’ Chief Medical Officer, Bethany Snider, MD. “Our outpatient clinic embraces our model of providing person-centered care, with interventions in place to keep patients out of hospitals so they can thrive in their home setting. We remain committed to meeting patients where they are and finding new ways to help them make the most of each day.”
“Palliative care is such an important aspect of symptom management in chronic illnesses,” said Baptist Health Louisville Chief Medical Officer Kenneth Anderson, MD. “Having this resource on campus will be a great benefit to our patients who will be able to easily access a care team that assists in advance care planning, shared and complex decision making, and symptom management. These services will help improve the quality of life for those living with serious or chronic illnesses. Baptist Health Louisville is pleased to welcome Pallitus to our campus.”
About Baptist Health
Formerly known as Baptist Hospital East, Baptist Health Louisville is a 519-bed hospital offering 80 points of care in a wide range of healthcare services. Area residents benefit from the hospital’s emergency services, including special teams for heart attack and stroke care.
The hospital’s cancer services include two Radiation Centers and the Charles and Mimi Osborn Cancer Center, which includes a cancer resource center and a multidisciplinary lung care clinic, gynecologic oncology clinic and dedicated nurse navigators. Special services include women’s health, offering all-private maternity rooms and a newly expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 3-D mammography, ultrasound, and bone-density scanning for osteoporosis. Other areas of expertise include orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, bariatric surgery, wound care, Acute Rehabilitation unit and outpatient behavioral health. Baptist Health has a network of healthcare providers for patients in the metro Louisville area — from Baptist Health Medical Group physician offices, Occupational Health, Home Care to Baptist Health Urgent Care locations.
The hospital has achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® for the third time. The hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 hospital in the metro Louisville area and is #3 in Kentucky for 2022-23.
Baptist Health Louisville is part of the nine-hospital Baptist Health system, headquartered in Louisville. Learn more at BaptistHealth.com/Louisville
About Pallitus Health Partners
Pallitus Health Partners, a part of Hosparus Health, offers comprehensive palliative care for serious illness in Kentucky and Indiana. Specialized services include chronic symptom and medication management, disease education, advance care planning, and care coordination. Pallitus Health’s interdisciplinary care team provides medical expertise and support designed to meet individual goals and offer the best possible quality of life at any stage of serious illness. In 2021, 1340 adults and children received palliative services. For more information, visit www.PallitusHealth.org or call 855-599-8954.
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