Nathan Adelson Hospice was founded 39 years ago following the death of Nathan Adelson. Mr. Adelson was a beloved hospital administrator who cared deeply for his patients and employees. Following a long painful battle with stomach cancer, sadly Mr. Adelson passed away. Family and friends close to him realized the need for healthcare specific to pain management and responded to that need. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice became Southern Nevada’s first home care hospice. Nathan Adelson Hospice is the only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, and provides hospice and palliative care to more than 350 patients each day. Known as an industry leader, the organization has a reputation for providing exceptional end-of-life care. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened the area’s first inpatient hospice and today we are nationally recognized as a model for superior hospice care. Nathan Adelson Hospice is proud to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. In 1999, the organization opened a second inpatient hospice facility, and Nathan Adelson Hospice now has 38 inpatient beds. In addition to having two inpatient units and a home care program, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides care to residents of Pahrump and other outlying communities.
Mission Statement: Nathan Adelson Hospice is the hospice of choice, employer of preference, training center of excellence and the community's trusted partner for comprehensive end-of-life care.
Vision Statement: No one should end the journey of life alone, afraid, or in pain.
Nathan Adelson Hospice is privileged to have served almost 70,000 people since its inception. During the past three decades, it has been an honor to provide the most comprehensive hospice care to all in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.
In 2016 we provided hospice care to 3,255 patients with life-limiting illnesses. The underserved population would not be able to receive hospice services any other way due to:
- lack of insurance
- being the working poor with limited insurance benefits
- being low to moderate income
- not having the ability to pay out-of-pocket for care
Every person diagnosed with a life-limiting illness is eligible to participate in all our programs and services. In addition, patient’s loved ones can participate in numerous support programs and services.
Hospice and palliative care are an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. Each patient has a personalized care plan based on their specific needs and wishes. This plan is carried out by a team of professionals comprised of:
- Social Workers
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses Specially
- Trained Hospice Volunteers
- Licensed Nurses
- Complementary Therapies Professionals
- Certified Nurse Assistants
Patients may experience high levels of stress and anxiety associated with end-of-life issues. The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program, engages patients and their loved ones in various comfort therapies, which have been clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and enhance patient care. Such therapies include:
- Reiki Art
- Pet Therapy
Nathan Adelson Hospice is the first organization in Southern Nevada to have a dedicated Palliative Medicine Program.
Along with our Interdisciplinary Care Team and Complementary Therapies, Nathan Adelson Hospice offers patients and their loved ones several programs and services outside the core basic services reimbursed by insurance.
- Camp Erin provides a bereavement camp for children, ages 6-18 who are grieving the loss of a significant person in their lives.
- Counseling for adults and children in our community who are experiencing grief and loss issues. Valuable support groups are also offered.
- Volunteer Program featuring specially trained volunteers who reach out to patients, families and caregivers to ensure they have access to care and support.
- Meal Delivery Program where meals will be delivered to caregivers in their home through a partnership with Three Square, the Southern Nevada Food Bank.
- The Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program manages a patient’s symptoms and discomfort while they are seeking curative treatment for chronic illness.
In response to the community’s documented need for services, Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Center for Compassionate Care (CCC) evolved in 2003 to offer mental health care for those in Southern Nevada with issues associated with grief and loss, anticipated grief, or catastrophic illness. The Center for Compassionate Care offers counseling to individual, couples, families and groups.
Nathan Adelson Hospice is proud to celebrate over 35 years of providing the highest quality hospice care to patients and their loved ones. Since Nathan Adelson Hospice opened we have operated under the philosophy that each person deserves the right to live the remainder of his or her life with dignity and freedom of choice.
Today, Nathan Adelson Hospice is our community’s largest provider of non-profit hospice services. Our volunteers and staff are proud to care for all patients, regardless of their circumstances. These patients are generally cared for either in their homes, long-term care facilities, or through one of our inpatient units.
In addition to the accomplishments listed above, Nathan Adelson Hospice was awarded with the 2013 Circle of Life Citation of Honor, a national honor sponsored by the American Hospital Association. NAH was also listed in 2013 as one of the Best Places to Work by the Las Vegas Review Journal. For several years, NAH has been recognized nationally as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
Warren Wheeler, MD, Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Senior Director of Palliative Medicine, has received the following recognitions:
- Named one of the 30 Most Influential Leaders in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The 2013 visionaries included hospice pioneers such as Cicely Saunders, Elisabeth Kubler Ross and former president Ronald Reagan.
- Recipient of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association Pierre Salmon Award. This award recognizes an individual who has 1) made a significant contribution to hospice and/or palliative care in California or Nevada; 2) promoted the growth and availability of hospice and/or palliative care; and 3) embodies the core values of hospice.
We are the only hospice in Southern Nevada accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice. We are also accredited by United Way of Southern Nevada and the Joint Commission.
Nathan Adelson Hospice is proud to have a robust compliance program comitted to ensuring we meet all hospice regulations.