People on the Move – Potomac Valley Wins Prestigious Award

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Rockville-based Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center has been awarded this year’s CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Palliative Care Award for its “ground-breaking” program serving a population in great need.

“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award. It will allow us to help more residents and families who need our special care,” states Potomac Valley Administrator Leah Bowden.

Palliative care is a form of medical care that seeks to reduce the severity of disease symptoms rather than attempting to cure or reverse the progression of a disease. It encompasses not only the medical aspects of care, but the psycho-social, spiritual and biological processes as well. Many patients undergo palliative care for months and years before being eligible for a hospice program.
Acceptance in the medical community is broadening.  Just recently, palliative care medicine has been established as a Board-certified specialty; the numbers joining the ranks is increasing yearly.
Newly certified, Dr. Anurita Mendhiratta says, “Physicians are becoming increasingly aware that there are many more people than ever with chronic disease and who would benefit from a palliative care approach.”
Palliative care is not diagnosis-dependent.  Many different individuals could qualify and greatly benefit from this approach to medicine. When prescribed early enough in the disease progression, patients, families and caregivers have an opportunity to plan and learn about what is to come.
“The care provided at Potomac Valley treats the whole person and offers enormous family support,” states Annie Durkin, Program Coordinator.
For further information, contact: Leah Bowden, Administrator, Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center 1235 Potomac Valley Road, Rockville, MD 20850 (301 762)-8900.


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