Pictured from left to right at the March 25, 2013 ribbon cutting are: Keith Frndak, President/CEO of Concordia Lutheran Ministries; Norm Mitry, President/CEO of Heritage Valley Health System; Rep. Jim Marshall; Anzie Kelley, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Hospice; Erica Loftus, President of Beaver County Chamber of Commerce; Rep. Jim Christiana; and Joe Spanik, Beaver County Commissioner.
Beaver, PA, (March 13, 2013) – Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH), a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, is opening Beaver County’s first inpatient hospice unit in April of 2013. The unit, which will be located inside Heritage Valley Health System’s Beaver campus, expands upon their existing partnership, which includes the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford, Pa. and the Good Samaritan unit in the Lund Care Center at Concordia’s campus in Cabot, Pa. All locations provide quality, end-of-life care in a comfortable inpatient facility.
The new 10-bed unit at Heritage Valley Beaver will serve terminally ill patients by providing a higher level of care required to face the challenges of end of life. The Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley will provide a caring, compassionate atmosphere where patients can receive comprehensive management of their end-of-life illness. In addition, the inpatient wing will be a place where loved ones may spend time with patients, providing the warmth and comfort that family and friends can offer.
“Good Samaritan Hospice has the unique privilege to provide inpatient hospice care to patients in their own community right here in Beaver County,” said Good Samaritan Hospice Executive Director Anzie Kelley. “The unit located in Heritage Valley Beaver is the first and only inpatient unit in Beaver County. This inpatient hospice unit will provide quality end-of-life care close to home.”
Good Samaritan Hospice's highly skilled interdisciplinary care team of physicians, nurses, professionals and volunteers provide comprehensive medical, spiritual, psychological and social services to the patients and their loved ones served at the inpatient unit. The 10-bed unit will include two suites where families may stay in an adjoining room with their loved one. In addition to the patient rooms and adjoining suites, the unit will include a chapel and a family room overlooking a beautiful wooded landscape. Visitors are welcomed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Friends and families are encouraged to bring their loved ones’ favorite comfort foods, since the new unit will include a well-equipped kitchen.
The public can see the new inpatient hospice unit at an “Open House and Ribbon Cutting,” which will be held on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at its location on the fourth floor of Heritage Valley Beaver, 1000 Dutch Ridge Road in Beaver, PA.
Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a CARF-CCAC accredited Aging Services Network, one of the largest, most financially secure senior care providers in the country. Concordia offers a lifetime continuum of care that includes adult day services, personal care, home care, hospice, medical and rehabilitation services, memory support, respite care, retirement living, skilled nursing, and medical equipment capabilities. For more information on Good Samaritan Hospice, visit www.good-samaritanhospice.org.