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The New Hospice

Tampa Bay doctors practice New Hospice

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A Bay Area doctors' group is helping terminally ill patients live longer lives. A Bay Area doctors' group is helping terminally ill patients live longer lives.

There is a promising new approach to treating people with terminal illness that in many cases is expanding their life expectancy. It's called the "New Hospice".

Only three doctors' groups in the country are focusing on this new approach, and it includes physicians from Tampa Bay area. The doctor group treats patients in the Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

"Nothing changes the fact that a loss has occurred and there is pain in loss. But there is a good way to do it and a bad way to do it," said Dr. David McGrew who is the chief of medical services for HPH Hospice.

Together with 13 other doctors he is leading the way in national trend of treating patients through Hospice care long before their final days.

"It's time spent with family dealing with spiritual issues, legal issues, bucket list items, there are issues that are important to us that have nothing to do with medicine," McGrew said.

The doctors make rounds at HPH Nursing Homes and 19,000 house calls every year as one of only three doctors in the country now practicing "the New Hospice."

Now there is science showing that this new approach is having a profound impact in extending a patient's life.

"What has been shown is Hospice care or Palliative care applied to a number of conditions actually results in longer survival," he said.

So with an extra dose of love and support, combined with minimal medical intervention, doctors help make terminal patients' lives a little longer.

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