For many people with serious progressing illness, they receive aggressive
or ineffective medical treatments while their other physical, spiritual,
emotional needs are poorly managed. As a result, upwards of 60% of people
die in hospitals, instead of comfortably at home surrounded by loved ones.
For those people without homes, family estranged or in another country,
or without the mental capacity to make medical decisions in serious situations,
Good Samaritan Hospital has a team designed specifically for them. To
help improve quality of life and relieve suffering at all stages of illness,
the UniHealth Foundation
https://www.unihealthfoundation.org/ has generously provided a $525,000 grant over 2 years to establish roots
and build sustainability for palliative care couched under what we call
Complex Care Coordination.
Complex Care Coordination Program is an
innovative and INTERDISCIPLINARY approach to wraparound support for patients and families
to assist patients with complex medical and social needs in a structured
way that is
transformative. With leadership from Dr. Nathan Hashimoto, board-certified palliative
care physician as Medical Director, and Lisa Henry, LCSW, MSW as the Program
Coordinator, Good Sam seeks to align patient goals, family values and
perspectives in an effort to relieve spiritual, psychological, emotional
and physical discomfort a patient may be struggling with. Unlike other
hospitals, Good Sam is wrapping palliative care into this fold to help
our most vulnerable patients with this extra layer of support.
Palliative Care is whole-person, holistic medical care at ANY stage of a serious progressive
the earlier the better to have the greatest impact on the quality of life.
The CCC Palliative Care Program targets the most vulnerable, most at-risk
patients (homelessness, mental illness, substance use, undocumented, abuse
victim, dementia, health care system navigation) and complicated family
dynamics. The program has already served over 350 patients in first year
of implementation, and with the support from UniHealth, has the potential
to impact about 500 patients annually. Good Sam is proud to have the UniHealth
partnership for such an important social welfare program.
For additional information, please visit our website at
https://www.goodsam.org/Our-Services/Clinical-Services/Complex-Care-Coordination-Palliative-Care-Progra.aspx or contact the Palliative Care hotline at 213.977.2051. To make a gift
towards this program, please visit
Supported by a grant from UniHealth Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic
organization whose mission it is to support and facilitate activities
that significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and
communities within its service area.