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Concordia and Butler Health System Announce Partnership Agreement to provide Hospice Services through Good Samaritan Hospice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 724-352-1571 x8266
sfreyer@concordialm.org

Concordia and Butler Health System Announce Partnership Agreement to provide Hospice Services through Good Samaritan Hospice

Jefferson Twp., PA – Today, Butler Health System and Good Samaritan Hospice announced a partnership to provide expert hospice care to the communities they serve.

Good Samaritan Hospice is a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Heritage Valley Health System.

Effective September 1, 2015, the agreement provides Good Samaritan Hospice and Butler Health System patients a continuum of care for the control and treatment of pain and other symptoms associated with terminal disease.

“This is another example of strong, independent organizations creating essential strategic partnerships,” said Ken DeFurio, President and CEO of Butler Health System. “We look forward to collaborating with Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Heritage Valley Health System to provide comfort, care and compassion to our patients and their families. This partnership will complement BHS’s current Palliative Care Program.”

Keith E. Frndak, President and CEO of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, the parent organization of Good Samaritan Hospice, noted, “We have had an excellent relationship with Butler Health System for many years and this new partnership continues that goodwill to serve even more. Butler Health System is a quality regional provider and Good Samaritan Hospice is pleased to be a partner in providing care.

“Our focus is to provide services that offer comfort, compassion, dignity and a sense of peace for our patients with incurable illnesses, and for their families,” said Good Samaritan Hospice Executive Director Judy Connelly. “Collaborating with BHS provides multiple opportunities to enhance the quality of life, educate and support patients and their families regarding end-of-life decision-making, and provide care focused on the wishes of the individual.”

Currently, Good Samaritan Hospice cares for more than 180 people daily in their homes or in one of three inpatient units, located on the Concordia at Cabot campus, in Wexford and at the Heritage Valley Hospital in Beaver. Services include pain and symptom management, physical, emotional and spiritual support, hospice physician management of individualized plans of care, help with bathing and grooming, 24-hour assistance and advice, coordination of services, help for family caregivers including volunteer and bereavement services, as well as patient and family caregiver education.