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.