About Us

At Concordia Hospice of Washington, every day of care is influenced by our history of dedication and compassion to the people of Washington and Greene counties. The roots of the organization can be traced back to Rev. Dr. J. E. Victor Carlson, who helped create Hospice Care, Inc. in Greene County in the late 1970s to serve families dealing with end-of-life illnesses.

In 1996, the program was combined with The Washington Hospital, opening opportunities for inpatient care and other new services. On July 1, 2016, Concordia Community Support Services and Washington Health System (previously The Washington Hospital) partnered to form the organization we are today.

Concordia Hospice of Washington is made up of hospice volunteers, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care team members, bereavement counselors and medical directors. When a patient is admitted, a specialized care plan is prepared based on each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We offer in-home hospice care as well as inpatient hospice care, offered exclusively at the standalone Donnell House.

The Donnell House, located at 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301, is the only inpatient hospice of its kind in Washington County. It was opened in 2002 after a generous lead gift from Richard and Shana Donnell and financial support from many other community members. The Donnell House offers eight patient rooms that open onto private patios as well as a chapel, kitchen, great room, a playroom for visiting children and a family dining room.

When your family finds a need for hospice, it’s important to start the conversation.  If you need someone to facilitate the discussion please call us at 724-250-4500 and ask to speak to an admission coordinator. Here are a few ways to make this discussion as comfortable as possible:

  • This conversation should take place early on, so that everyone around you/them knows what your/their wishes are, including your doctor.
  • This conversation should take place in a comfortable, safe place, surrounded by loved ones.
  • The discussion should be a time of gathering information about the disease process itself, the prognosis, treatment options, and “what ifs.”
  • Your doctor should be a part of the conversation.
  • If your prognosis is poor or treatment options have been exhausted, you should not hear “we have nothing left to offer you.” Hospice is another level of care that concentrates on treating symptoms and ensuring your comfort.

This conversation should not wait until you/they are in an emergency room under stressful conditions or in a hospital room on day of discharge.

For more information about hospice in general, call Concordia Hospice of Washington to schedule a free consultation at 724-250-4500.

The History of Concordia Lutheran Ministries

Concordia Hospice of Washington is affiliated with Washington Health System with a partnership with Concordia Visiting Nurses, part of Concordia Lutheran Ministries.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries celebrates more than 135 years of service to God and His people. The organization evolved from a small, safe haven for orphan children to one of today’s premier continuing care retirement communities in the nation. It’s a remarkable story filled with practicality and leaps of faith; discord and harmony; tragedy and joy; uncertain finances and unexpected providence.

To learn more about Concordia’s history as well as other important information, please visit the Concordia link here.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a Not For Profit Corporation, which today has five service lines.  Concordia is controlled by a Board of Directors who are elected from our 36 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod member congregations in and around the Pittsburgh area.  We serve more than 1000 seniors at our facilities.  In addition, we provide services in nine counties in our home care service.

Concordia is a member of American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), Faith-Based Long Term Care Network, Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA), Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA), Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA) and Lutheran Services in America (LSA).

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Concordia Hospice of Washington: A History of Caring

At Concordia Hospice of Washington, every day of care is influenced by our rich history of dedication and compassion to the people of Greene and Washington counties. The roots of our organization can be traced back to the 1970s in Greene County, where one man was driven to help families dealing with end-of-life illnesses by changing the medical landscape in the area.

Rev. Dr. J. E. Victor Carlson, a Presbyterian minister who worked at Waynesburg University, lived with his wife, Ruby, and their three young sons in the late 70s when the unthinkable happened – Ruby was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Rev. Carlson relied on friends and family to help him care for her and their children, but after Ruby’s death, he searched for programs that helped families in similar situations. He eventually discovered what he was looking for – hospice care, which provides comfort and dignity to the patient and support for the family, when a cure is no longer probable. After finding a hospice program in Connecticut, he traveled to the facility and learned all he could. Upon returning to Greene County, he formed a task force that later became Hospice Care, Inc., one of the first such programs to be chartered in the state.

Hospice Care, Inc. grew over the years and eventually expanded into Washington County. Sadly, a year before the company was set to merge with Washington Hospital, Rev. Carlson was diagnosed with cancer and lived out his final days in peace as a patient of the company he formed.

Even after Rev. Carlson passed away, his vision to bring quality hospice care to Greene and Washington counties continued to thrive. Hospice Care, Inc. merged with Washington Hospital in 1996, opening opportunities for inpatient care and other new services. The Washington Hospital, which can trace its own roots as far back as 1897, was later rebranded as Washington Health System in 2013. When Southwest Regional Medical Center in Greene County (formerly Waynesburg Hospital) was added to Washington Health System in 2015, the system covered both Greene and Washington counties.

The newest chapter of hospice in the area started on July 1, 2016 when Washington Health System partnered with Concordia Community Support Services, which oversees the operations of Concordia Visiting Nurses, Concordia Private Care, Good Samaritan Hospice and VNA Alliance. The partnership resulted in the creation of Concordia Hospice of Washington. We assimilated Washington Health System’s Hospice Care to enable residents to receive quality end-of-life care in their homes as well as inpatient and respite care at the Donnell House in Washington, PA.

Concordia Hospice of Washington is made up of hospice volunteers, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care team members, bereavement counselors and medical directors. When a patient is admitted, a specialized care plan is prepared based on each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

The Donnell House, located at 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301, is the only inpatient hospice of its kind in Washington County. It was opened in 2002 after a generous lead gift from Richard and Shana Donnell and financial support from many other community members. The Donnell House offers eight patient rooms that open onto private patios. It also includes a chapel, kitchen, great room, a playroom for visiting children and a family dining room.

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