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McAuley Residence opens hospice unit

Catholic Health’s McAuley Residence in Tonawanda now has a hospice unit.

The 10-bed unit, opened by Hospice Buffalo Nursing Home Services and Catholic Health Home & Community Based Care, focuses on serving those who have been diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses.

The partnership enables McAuley Residence to offer hospice care, in addition to the skilled nursing and subacute rehab services it currently provides with a team that includes a board-certified physician who works with the patient’s physician, a registered nurse who coordinates a care plan for symptom and pain control, a social worker, and a spiritual care chaplain who offers non-denominational assistance.

“While residents continue to receive quality care and services from the facility staff, our Hospice Buffalo team will provide an extra level of physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual support to the patient and their family," said Dr. Chris Kerr, chief medical officer and chief executive officer of Hospice Buffalo.

McAuley Residence is a 160-bed facility located behind Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

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