East Stroudsburg, Pa.,
04:21 PM

Ribbon Cut to Re-open Monroe County Hospice House

Hospice inpatient care to resume pending final state regulatory approvals

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)−Pocono, representatives of the Monroe County Hospice House Advisory Committee and invited guests today cut the ribbon officially re-opening the Monroe County Hospice House pending final state regulatory approvals.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) will be surveying the facility for approval of occupancy. This process must occur before Monroe County Hospice House can accept patients.

LVH‒Pocono currently provides inpatient hospice services in the hospital, 206 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, and these services will transfer to the Monroe County Hospice House located at 412 E. Brown St.

“We have been able to come together with the community and form a partnership to keep the Monroe County Hospice House open for years to come,” said Elizabeth Wise, President, LVH−Pocono. “It’s more than a facility – it’s a home and one that we will continue to use to provide end-of-life comfort and care right here in the heart of the Poconos.”

George McCracken, Administrator, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Home Health Services, told those gathered for the announcement that the rooms are fully equipped with new beds in each of the six private bedrooms. Each room has a private bathroom and a view of a garden patio.

Patients and their loved ones will have access to the kitchen, dining room and meditation room. “Our goal is to provide a tranquil and relaxing environment for you and your loved one,” McCracken said. “Our clinical staff is made up of some of the most compassionate and seasoned nurses, volunteers, chaplains, aides, and physicians, all of whom have considerable experience with end-of-life care to provide peace, comfort, courage and dignity on life’s final passage.”

Wise reiterated the three year commitment of philanthropic support by the Monroe County Hospice

House Advisory Committee (“Committee”) announced in January when it was revealed that the Monroe County Hospice House would re-open for inpatient care. She also said LVH−Pocono and the Committee will work together to ensure financial growth necessary to keep Monroe County Hospice House open today, tomorrow and always.

The Committee was announced in May 2018 and tasked with exploring options related to the then closed hospice house facility and the hospice program. Following the Committee’s recommendations, LVH−Pocono officials reviewed the suggestions and worked diligently with Committee members to determine clear steps that would make operation of the facility viable both now and in the future.

Mark Primrose, Committee Chair, said the LVHN Pocono Foundation is the entity accepting donations and acquiring grants for the Monroe County Hospice House. Primrose urged the community to support the ongoing operation of the Monroe County Hospice House through the “Today, Tomorrow & Always Fund.” He said those interested can contribute to a restricted fund solely for the Monroe County Hospice House at the following address:

Monroe County Hospice House – Today, Tomorrow & Always Fund

c/o LVHN Pocono Foundation

206 E. Brown Street

East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Primrose said checks can be made payable to: LVHN Pocono Foundation and suggests writing “Hospice House” on the memo line.

Online donations can be made at give.lvhn.org. Go to: Ways to Give > Make a Gift > LVHN Pocono Foundation > Temporarily Restricted Donation

Enter the amount of the donation and by using the drop-down menu choose: “Hospice House – Today, Tomorrow & Always”

“We are very excited that the Monroe County Hospice House is reopening,” Primrose said. “Our goal is to continue to raise funds to keep Monroe County Hospice House open today, tomorrow and always.”

An open house for the community is scheduled for Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. at the Monroe

County Hospice House. Guests are asked to park at the LVH−Pocono employee parking deck, 281 E. Brown St. Shuttle service will be available.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 19 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.