New Hospice Care

by Mike Hunter

Beech Medical GroupWellWellWell_Beech-Office, an integrated health solutions company based in Mesa, is expanding with the opening of an outpatient hospice division. The division is part of a new healthcare concept that provides comprehensive care, better communication among care providers, and improved outcomes — while reducing costs by not duplicating services.

“Healthcare models in the U.S. typically follow a method referred to as silos of care. In Europe, integrated care is more common and, I feel, much better,” says Beech CEO Michael Sumner, who brought here in 2009 a business model that had proven successful in the UK. “We consider this a hybrid of healthcare models.”

The hospice joins Beech’s existing home health, case management and home care divisions offering patients single-point coordination of care.

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