Why Choose Us?
What makes Hospice of the Sacred Heart special?
Hospice of the Sacred Heart isn’t the only choice for families seeking hospice services. There are a number of fine organizations offering this type of care. However, we believe that we offer a number of unique benefits to our patients, their caregivers and families
So, what makes us different?
We offer these thoughts for your consideration.
We are a non-profit 501c3 serving Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and surrounding communities. We have a unique knowledge and understanding of your community environment and the local support and service agencies that are available to assist you.
We concentrate all of our efforts and expertise strictly on home hospice and palliative care. We do not dilute the quality of our services by expanding into other endeavors.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart is a family of professionals who are passionate believers in the hospice concept. The caring, experienced professionals who join our team stay over the long term and add their experience to the rich pool of talent and skills we make available to our patients and their families.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart utilizes a broad spectrum of specialists, including physicians and nurses specially trained in hospice care. With such diversity of experiences, we are better able to make sure our patients get the very best in palliative care and symptom management.
Experience and Expertise
Our CEO is not only a Registered Nurse with 20 years experience and a certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing, but also a seasoned administrator whose passion for end-of-life care extends to staff and the community.
Our Chief Medical Officer is a board certified doctor in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care and has over 20 years experience in private practice, as well as hospice and palliative care.
Our Director of Patient Care, who is a Registered Nurse, has over 10 years of direct hospice and palliative care experience and has worked as a nurse for 29 years in critical care settings as well as hospice in-patient units.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart strives to provide levels of personal care that exceed industry averages in practically every category. For example, in most cases, our patient visits by nursing staff, Social Workers, volunteers and Chaplains are more frequent than national or state averages.
Translation: our patients get more attention, better care and thus, a better chance at a higher quality of life. You may find that many of our hospice team members almost become part of your family, just as you become part of ours.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart has a “flat” organizational structure. In other words, there aren’t multiple layers of bureaucracy standing between the patient, the family, the caregivers and our leadership team. That means we can be responsive, adaptive and creative in meeting the patient’s unique needs. It also means that you shouldn’t be surprised when our CEO calls to see how things are going.
Perhaps the greatest strength of our agency lies in the fact that we have a passionate belief in the hospice concept and the benefits it provides to our patients. Each of our staff members has been intimately involved with hospice care for many years. Each has been privileged to share first hand the unique lessons, life experiences and gifts that hospice brings to its patients and their families.
The true value of Hospice of the Sacred Heart and our services is determined by our ability to provide:
- Comfort, care, hope and choice to our patients, their caregivers and families
- An environment that recognizes and supports the patient’s right to live with dignity and make the decisions that affect his/her life
- An environment that aggressively promotes the patient’s ability to live his/her life fully with the highest possible quality of life, regardless of diagnosis or prognosis
- Professionalism, integrity and excellence in all aspects of our organization