Jamaica Hospital and Community Leaders Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Ferrara Family Center fo

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is proud to announce that it will officially re-open its Hospice Care Unit after undergoing a complete renovation.

Last year, a $1.3 million capital campaign was initiated by the Hospital‰Ûªs leadership in an effort to facilitate the renovation. Thanks to the generosity of several donors, including Board Member Joseph Ferrara, the namesake of the unit, the hospital has successfully completed construction.

Joining Jamaica Hospital in celebrating the completion of the project and grand opening of Ferrara Family Center for Hospice Care are elected officials, key community leaders and others who support the hospital‰Ûªs efforts to provide essential services to the community.

The opening of the unit has been highly anticipated by many in the community as it will serve to offer Queens residents quality, end-of-life care in a family-oriented environment. Many upgraded amenities have been provided for patients and families that promote serenity, privacy and will allow them to feel more at home during a difficult time. Additionally, the unit offers comforts such as private and spacious suites for patients, family meeting rooms and a relaxing family lounge that offers loved ones a space to gather decompress or reflect.

Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs Hospice Care Unit first opened in 2010. It was the first hospital-based hospice care program in the borough. The unit provided a service that was lacking in the community- access to comprehensive, end of life care, close to home.

Since its opening, the Hospital‰Ûªs Hospice Care Unit has continuously provided compassionate comfort care to countless patients facing end of life. Its staff has earned a stellar reputation for providing exemplary clinical services while meeting the spiritual, cultural and social needs of patients. Today, the organization remains as one of two hospitals in Queens to offer hospital-based hospice care.

Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs staff is very appreciative of the community‰Ûªs positive reception of the Ferrara Family Center for Hospice Care and the services it will provide. ‰ÛÏIt is our goal that our patients and their loved ones receive compassion and comfort during a time that can be very difficult,‰Û said Dr. Alan Roth; Chairman of Family Medicine and Chief of Palliative Care Medicine. Dr. Roth continued ‰ÛÏWe will continue to apply this approach in a new, modern and familial environment.‰Û

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and Eastern Brooklyn. This 408-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric and Ob/Gyn services. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center‰Ûªs mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.

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