20
April
2018
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01:37 PM
America/New_York

Our Commitment to Hospice Care in the Poconos

End-of-life care for those we love brings out our deepest emotions. We have heard your concerns over our decision to close our Hospice House. We apologize for not communicating with you the discussions of the Pocono Medical Center Board, during the years prior to our merger with Lehigh Valley Health Network, concerning the sustainability of the Hospice House. The reality is that it would have closed prior to the merger but for the support of Lehigh Valley Health Network. We have also failed to communicate our plans for repurposing the property and maintaining the memorials given by the community. For this we are truly sorry.

You expect and deserve comprehensive services, and we will continue to meet the needs of our hospice patients. The team who provided care at our Hospice House now cares for patients in the hospital with the same dedication. We are committed to providing an environment of serenity and comfort, using the same furniture from the Hospice House and all the same special touches, including visits from your pet. As a full-service health network committed to providing the highest quality care close to home, we take our responsibility to be good stewards with community resources very seriously.

We will continue to support families by establishing a Hospice bereavement and community support center at the Hospice House. Community members and organizations will have the opportunity to use the facility for spiritual, educational and other activities. We will also display the memory bricks as part of a special garden on the grounds. We will continue to honor the memories of loved ones who passed at the Hospice House in a yearly remembrance ceremony.

Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the first modern hospice in England, said: “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.” Each patient is important to us, whether the intended outcome is to overcome, survive and thrive, or to pass peacefully with dignity.

We want to continue to keep the dialogue open and hear your ideas. If you would like to share them, please email us at hospice@lvhn.org.

Andrew Worthington
Chair, Board of Directors
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono

Elizabeth Koster
Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice Board
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono