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National Home Care and Hospice Month: GSH Named Beaver County Business of the Year

November 13, 2014

In keeping with our promise of posting something about home care or hospice each week this month (in honor of National Home Care and Hospice Month), we wanted to share some very cool news about Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH)… drum roll please …

The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce named GSH Business of the Year in the large nonprofit category!

While this is cool on its own, we wanted to share some of what we submitted to be considered for the award, because we think it paints a pretty accurate picture of what we’re all about.

Why has GSH been successful and what are the long-term goals to prosper within Beaver County and the region?

GSH 2014 Award1The success of Good Samaritan Hospice is totally dependent on fulfilling our vision of “Serving the Triune God by providing for the needs of His people.” Good Samaritan Hospice fully integrates its Christian principles into the care given to its patients.

Good Samaritan Hospice partnered with the well-established Heritage Valley Beaver to extend its services in the Beaver County area. The team of caregivers, including medical staff and volunteers, is comprised of many local residents. This means that your loved one and family becomes comfortable with the staff coming into their home and satisfied knowing that their nursing team will follow them from start to finish. Since 2013, the inpatient unit at Heritage Valley Beaver has been able to offer 24-hour care for pain and symptom management as well as respite services to relieve the home caregiver and afford families peace of mind…

How has GSH been innovative to address change in the market and /or the business?

Good Samaritan Hospice was the first hospice organization to initiate the opening of an inpatient unit in Beaver County. After being approached by leadership at Heritage Valley Beaver, GSH and Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS) partnered to transform a wing of the hospital into an inpatient hospice unit. Upon entry, families are embraced by the natural décor and are instantly enveloped in a peaceful, warm and home-like setting.

In past years, Concordia Lutheran Ministries (parent company of Good Samaritan Hospice) began an “Angels on Call” bedside vigil ministry, utilizing volunteers so that no one in the program is ever alone in their final moments. It wasn’t long before local residents wanted to bring this ministry to Beaver County and began their own chapter in September 2013.

How does GSH participate in the community and/or Chamber activities?

Community participation makes the difference in Good Samaritan Hospice’s care. Community volunteers are an active part of the caregiving team, providing meals, patient care assistance, companionship and support, spiritual care and a comforting memory quilt for the bereaved family the year after service. Volunteers, including local church members, are the heart of the quality hospice care given at GSH at Heritage Valley Beaver. The volunteer experience has created a new avenue for service in the community of Beaver County. Walking with a patient and family at end-of-life knits together a sense of community that is unlike many other volunteer opportunities.  Hospice volunteers agree that meeting and caring for patients on a hospice service forever changes their lives.

In addition to volunteer services, Good Samaritan Hospice staff, including a Community Nurse Liaison, educates the community regarding end-of-life care and serves the community in a variety of ways. Beaver County Chamber of Commerce and other community participation include support of activities such as Senior Day at the Mall, Senior Olympics, Community Days of Center Township, A Taste for Education, Pink Bag Luncheon and the Center Civic Women’s Club Spring Fashion show, just to name a few. The Good Samaritan Hospice team also supports the Heritage Valley Health System throughout the year by participating and serving at sponsored events.

Camp Erin Pittsburgh is another community benefit that Beaver County residents are able to take advantage of. This is a bereavement camp for children ages 6-17, who attend from all over Western Pennsylvania. Beaver County is a vital part of the Camp Erin Pittsburgh program, bringing children and volunteers together for a special overnight weekend offered free of charge each June.

What accomplishments does GSH exhibit to merit this award?

Working together with Heritage Valley Health System, Good Samaritan Hospice transformed a 10-room unit at Heritage Valley Beaver into a comforting, hospice in-patient unit. This unit is the first and only one of its kind in Beaver County. County residents no longer need to travel far to be with their loved ones during a respite stay or at the end-of-life. This unit includes 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 includes a chapel and a family room overlooking a picturesque, wooded landscape. Friends and families are encouraged to bring their loved ones’ favorite comfort foods, since the unit includes a well-equipped kitchen. It is the only inpatient hospice unit in Beaver County and since its inception, it has served over 475 patients and their families.

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For more information on GSH’s hospice care in western PA, please visit our website here, call us at 724-933-8888 or message us through our online contact form.

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