VA Black Hills Health Care System
Palliative and Hospice Care
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is the medical specialty providing holistic, compassionate care.
- To prevent, relieve, and manage pain and symptom.
- To improve and ensure quality of life for Veterans and their families.
- It is not necessarily driven by prognosis.
- It can be utilized along with curative treatments.
- It assists with prognostication and decision making.
- It promotes family meetings and communication.
- It allows Veterans to take control of the holistic quality of their lives and formulate goals of care.
Palliative Medicine Consultation includes:
- Assessment and management of physical symptoms.
- Assisting Veterans in the identification of personal goals for end-of-life care.
- Assessment and management of psychological and spiritual needs.
- Assessment of the Veteran’s support system.
- Assessment and communication of estimated prognosis.
- Assessment of discharge planning issues.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care focuses on caring not cure.
- It provides individualized compassionate care centered on physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- It is provided by an interdisciplinary team of experts designed to meet the needs of Veterans with a terminal illness.
- It provides a format for open discussions about your life experiences, fears, joys, life goals and treatment plan.
- It provides a goal of peace and quality for each day.
- It provides emotional, spiritual and bereavement support for families.
What Types of Palliative and Hospice Care Do We Provide
- Inpatient Care: available for eligible Veterans with a terminal illness who desire support and assistance in living their remaining days well with support for their loved ones.
- Fort Meade has 12 bed unit
- Hot Springs has 1 bed unit
- Respite Care: available for eligible Veterans whose caregiver needs a break. A total of 30 days in each calendar year are available.
- Home Care: available in coordination with the community, for those Veterans preferring to receive palliative/hospice home care.
- Inpatient Community Care: available in coordination with community on a case by case basis.
- Outpatient Care: available for eligible Veterans with a life limiting or terminal illness who desire comfort care, pain and symptom management so that they can live their remaining days well.
- Inpatient and Outpatient Consultation and Follow-up by the Hospice and Palliative Care Team.
Program Contact Information
Beth Hunt, RN CNH Coordinator
Community Hospice Programs
Fort Meade 605-347-2511 Ext. 7738
Mary Schumacher, RN CNH Coordinator
Community Hospice Programs
Hot Springs 605-745-2000 Ext. 2410
George Harr, RN HPC Coordinator
Fort Meade 605-347-2511 Ext. 7717
- VA Black Hills Health Care System
- 605-347-2511 Ext. 7738/7717
- 605-745-2000 Ext. 2410
Hours of Operation
- Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm