Panama City - Covenant Hospice will now be better able to serve patients and families dealing with end of life issues thanks to a new partnership with Bay Medical Center and Sacred Heart Healthcare System.
Tuesday afternoon a ribbon cutting and open house will be held at the new Covenant Hospice Inpatient and Palliative Care Center on the third floor of Bay Medical. NewsChannel 7 got an early tour of the 15 bed facility. It's the first of it's kind inpatient facility in the area. The rooms are designed to feel more like home and the floor includes a shared living area complete with a microwave and a washer and drier.
"It provides opportunities for patients that have critical care needs to come here. Not only for the patients but for the families as well. We are the only facility of this kind between Pensacola and Tallahassee. It's a need that we've had in this area for a long time," said Rena Slate, the clinical manager.
The critical care center is meant for short term stays of 5 to 7 days for patients with acute needs.