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Youth Bereavement

March 23, 2021
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In 2007, Good Samaritan Hospice held its first event just for children called Camp Good SAM, an overnight summer bereavement camp. In 2013, Camp Good SAM was consolidated with Camp Erin® Pittsburgh to provide a three-day, overnight experience in a safe and caring environment where grieving children and teens ages 6-17 could connect with others dealing with loss.

The landscape of the pandemic did not permit Good Samaritan Hospice to safely hold the annual overnight bereavement camp in 2020; however, we were able to hold a one-day socially-distant day camp in August. And while it was a success, a need was recognized to adapt and expand our youth bereavement services beyond just the camp to reach even more of God’s people on a more frequent basis.

GSH YBP logo2While we’re proud of the time we spent with Camp Erin® Pittsburgh, Good Samaritan Hospice is thrilled to introduce Youth Bereavement Care (YBC), a division of Family Support Services. Founded in 2020 and grown from the need for innovative ways to reach grieving children year-round, the program provides free support for youth from birth through age 21 who have been affected by the death of a significant person in their lives. YBC is open to not only our hospice and extended Concordia families but to the greater community as well.

The mission of YBC is to make an impactful difference in the lives of children and teens by providing resources, clinical support and year-round connection with other families who are grieving. The enriched programming provides robust support to children and youth as they navigate their own unique grief. YBC services are FREE and include a variety of virtual and in-person programming, such as grief counseling, peer support, individual and family groups, grief education and day retreats.

One out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will experience the loss of one or both parents. This statistic does not account for the number of youths grieving the loss of an extended family member or friend. In a world where everyone is apart, our goal is for bereaved youth to know they are not alone.

YBC is staffed by grief and bereavement experts as well as clinicians who are trained in child mental and behavioral health and provide connective resources within the grief community. Rolling referrals are accepted year-round.

If you or a loved one could benefit from bereavement support services but are unsure of what service may help you best express and explore the grief that is uniquely individual, please feel free to reach out to Kerry Hettinger, Family Support Services Assistant, at 1-800-720-2551, ext. 4426 or by email at khettinger@good-samaritanhospice.org.

If interested in donation opportunities, call the Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation Office at 724-352-1571, ext. 8363.

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Cardinal Project

September 3, 2020
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Concordia Hospice of Washington’s Cardinal Project is a way that we can share our faith with others and provide life, hope, and restoration to our senior friends living in long-term care facilities by gifting them bird feeders.

cardinalMany of our friends who are living in local long-term care facilities have not been able to see their families for quite some time due to the pandemic, which unfortunately has taken a toll on their emotional health and well-being. It has long been said that bird watching can positively impact an individual’s physical, mental and emotional health, and the sport is also a great cognitive stimulant.

Please join us in helping our senior friends enjoy the beautiful sights and sweet melodies of bird watching by considering a donation of a bird feeder of $25 and under. 

The Concordia Hospice of Washington team will collect all donations, supply the feeders with seed and deliver to local long-term care facilities. Each donation will include a gift tag noting that the gift is from a special friend – you can choose to include your name or donate anonymously.

Donation Options
Shop on Amazon.com and ship your gift to us:
Concordia Hospice of Washington
10 Leet Street
Washington, PA 15301

Shop at your local store and arrange for a time to drop-off or have a safe pick-up from our team:
Contact Shilynn Renner, Concordia Hospice of Washington Marketing Liaison
By phone: 724-332-9119
By email: srenner@concordiahw.org

Purchase an Amazon gift card for $25 or under and we’ll order the gift for you:
Contact Shilynn Renner, Concordia Hospice of Washington Marketing Liaison
By phone: 724-332-9119
By email: srenner@concordiahw.org

cardinal 2Ideas for Bird Feeders and Accessories on Amazon for under $25
Window bird feeders would easily suction to resident windows at the long-term care facilities we will be donating to – there is little set-up and the residents will get a nice “bird’s eye view” of their new feathered friends!

Window Bird Feeders $25 and under:
Birdscapes Clear Window Feeder 348
Nature’s Hangout Outdoor Window Bird Feeder
Wild Birds of Joy Window Bird Feeder

Outside bird feeders that hang from pole or attach to structures and/or trees provides the bird watcher with the opportunity to see many birds at one time. Going with an inexpensive hanging tube feeder with multiple feeding ports is a great way for both the novice and the seasoned bird watcher to experience several species enjoying seed simultaneously.

Outside Bird Feeders $25 and under:
Sherwoodbase Ridge Wild Bird House Feeder
Twinkle Star Wild Bird Feeder
ERYTLLY Bird Feeding Hanging Classic

Accessories for outside bird feeders included a variety of shepherd hooks, brackets and branch hooks. These make great companion donations for almost any variety of outside bird feeders.

Bird Feeder Poles/Brackets/Branch Hooks $25 and under:
CERBIOR Adjustable Shepherd Hook Bird Feeder Pole
Bird Feeder Bracket (2 Pack)
TQVAI Bird Feeder Branch Hooks (3 Pack)

If you choose to purchase your donation directly through Amazon, considering using Amazon Smile and choosing Concordia Hospice of Washington as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to your charity. Learn how to sign up on your web browser or through your smart phone here!

For more information on the Cardinal Project and how you can get involved, call our Marketing Liaison, Shilynn Renner, at 724-332-9119. You can also message us through our Contact Us form.

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Bereavement Program

June 6, 2018
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The Bereavement Team at Good Samaritan Hospice would like the families, caregivers and friends of our patients to know that we are here to help support you as you grieve. Our program provides connection and service for up to 13 months after the death of your loved one. Grief can be an experience that feels very lonely, but with our assistance it is a journey that you do not have to walk alone.

Our program includes the follow services:

• Mailings related to grief and loss
• Phone calls from the bereavement team
• Grief groups – different locations in the communities that we serve throughout the year
• Supportive visits from the Bereavement Coordinator
• Referral information for counseling and support services in the community
Youth Bereavement Care - Bereavement Services, from birth - 21 years of age
• Butterfly Release celebration of life (takes place in August)
• Workshops
• Memorial Services (take place in the spring)

Current and Upcoming Program Offerings:

Check back soon!

For more information on the Good Samaritan Hospice Bereavement Program, contact Bereavement Coordinator Linda Hicks, LCSW at 1-800-720-2557, ext. 4424 or by e-mail at: LHicks@good-samaritanhospice.org.

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Expansion Info

June 5, 2018
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Concordia at Sumner is proud to announce that we recently completed a retirement living expansion on our 64-acre property at 970 Sumner Parkway in Copley!

Those who commit to an apartment during the early bird phase will be able to take advantage of some of the most generous price discounts in Concordia at Sumner history. Complete the simple form below for more information and to learn more about our current promotions.

The new Garden Apartments East building is a three-story, 105,000 square foot expansion, adding 65 retirement living apartments. Each of the spacious one bedroom, two bedroom and two bedroom corner apartments features an open concept floor plan with fully applianced kitchen and laundry room. Residents of the expansion also have access to the first-class amenities that are standard at Concordia at Sumner, including the Terrace Room restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, golf simulator, needle nook, craft room, game room, library, beautiful common areas and more.

For pricing, including our special No Entrance Fee plan, vist the Facility Rates page of our website. If you are interested in learning more about Concordia’s new retirement living expansion, please call Director of Marketing Rowena Wilkins at 330-664-1289 or message us through the Contact form on our website.

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Expansion Apartments Floor Plans

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Concordia Village of Tampa Volunteer

February 16, 2017
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Volunteers are at the heart of Concordia Village of Tampa community. They enhance our residents’ quality of life in so many meaningful ways. 

We have a host of ways you can share the fun, camaraderie and sense of achievement that comes from giving to others. It’s that spirit that has kept our senior care community vibrant for so many years.

Volunteering activities may include:

  • Escorting residents to and from recreational and spiritual programs
  • One-on-one visits 
  • Assisting with community outings
  • Clerical work
  • Pet Therapy

And much more

For more information or to discuss your interests and availability, call our volunteer coordinator Laurie Ferguson at 813-632-2407.

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History

February 16, 2017
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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, PA, a congregation of Catholic sisters, founded the ministry of Villa St. Joseph in 1997 in order to meet the critical health care needs of elderly residents in Beaver County and surrounding communities as well as the needs of the sisters. On February 20, Villa St. Joseph opened its doors as a 120-bed skilled and long-term care facility with specialized dementia care; it was dedicated on May 1, the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker. The Villa’s mission - as a place of healing committed to providing excellence in compassionate care - gives witness to a profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction. This expression is rooted in the foundation of its sponsor, the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Since its founding, Villa St. Joseph has served more than 5,575 residents and families. Over time, the Villa increased its services to include an expansion of the building to accommodate an outpatient therapy program and additional services in its café. Renovations to the building included country kitchens, additional sunrooms, redesigned nurse stations, and technology upgrades to enhance a home-like and pleasant environment for residents and staff. With a person-centered, holistic approach to care, the Villa supplemented its services with a music therapy program and an arts programs.

Villa St. Joseph has consistently been recognized as a leader in providing excellent care and service. Among its many awards are included an overall 5-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top Workplace, Beaver County Times Best in the Valley Award, and the U.S. News and World Report 2017-18 Best Nursing Home.

With joy and gratitude in 2018, the Sisters of St. Joseph, along with the Villa St. Joseph family, celebrated 21 years of this loving and compassionate ministry. In April of that year, Villa St. Joseph joined the Concordia family of locations and became well-positioned to meet the needs of future generations in the Beaver area - and continue to share the love of God to all we serve.

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Concordia at Villa St. Joseph Volunteer

February 16, 2017
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Volunteers play an invaluable role in the Concordia at Villa St. Joseph community. They enhance our residents’ quality of life in many small but meaningful ways. 

Volunteering activities may include:

  • Escorting residents to and from recreational and spiritual programs
  • One-on-one visits 
  • Assisting with community outings
  • Clerical work.
  • Pet Therapy
  • And much more

Concordia at Villa St. Joseph welcomes pet therapy visits to our community. Volunteers/visitors are welcome to bring their pets once they are registered with our activities department prior to entering the community. 

Volunteer FAQs 

Q. What do I have to do before becoming a volunteer?
A. A criminal record check is completed free of charge on all volunteers 18 years and older. A volunteer application must be completed and signed prior to any volunteer service. You can download the volunteer application by clicking here or request one at the Guest Services desk. 
Q. What is the dress code for volunteers?
A. All volunteers should dress in comfortable, appropriate clothing for the task being completed.
Q. Does Concordia at Villa St. Joseph accept youth volunteers?
A. Yes, we welcome youth in the community to volunteer. A volunteer application is still required.

For more information or to discuss your interests and availability, call our volunteer coordinator at 724-869-6316 

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History

February 16, 2017
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The history of Concordia Hospice of Washington ultimately goes back to the dedication and compassion of the people of Greene and Washington counties. The roots of our organization can be traced back to the 1970s in Greene County, where one man was driven to help families dealing with end-of-life illnesses by changing the medical landscape in the area.

Rev. Dr. J. E. Victor Carlson, a Presbyterian minister who worked at Waynesburg University, lived with his wife, Ruby, and their three young sons in the late 70s when the unthinkable happened – Ruby was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Rev. Carlson relied on friends and family to help him care for her and their children, but after Ruby’s death, he searched for programs that helped families in similar situations. He eventually discovered what he was looking for – hospice care, which provides comfort and dignity to the patient and support for the family, when a cure is no longer probable.

After finding a hospice program in Connecticut, he traveled to the facility and learned all he could. Upon returning to Greene County, he formed a task force that later became Hospice Care, Inc., one of the first such programs to be chartered in the state.

Hospice Care, Inc. grew over the years and eventually expanded into Washington County. Sadly, a year before the company was set to merge with Washington Hospital, Rev. Carlson was diagnosed with cancer and lived out his final days in peace as a patient of the company he formed.

Even after Rev. Carlson passed away, his vision to bring quality hospice care to Greene and Washington counties continued to thrive. Hospice Care, Inc. merged with Washington Hospital in 1996, opening opportunities for inpatient care and other new services. Opened in 2002, the Donnell House, located at 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301, is the only inpatient hospice of its kind in Washington County. The expansion was possible thanks to a generous lead gift from Richard and Shana Donnell and financial support from many other community members. The Donnell House offers eight patient rooms that open onto private patios. It also includes a chapel, kitchen, great room, a playroom for visiting children and a family dining room.

The Washington Hospital, which can trace its own roots as far back as 1897, was later rebranded as Washington Health System in 2013. When Southwest Regional Medical Center in Greene County (formerly Waynesburg Hospital) was added to Washington Health System in 2015, the system covered both Greene and Washington counties.

The newest chapter of hospice in the area started on July 1, 2016 when Washington Health System partnered with Concordia Community Support Services, which oversees the operations of Concordia Visiting Nurses, Concordia Private Care, Good Samaritan Hospice and VNA Alliance. The partnership resulted in the creation of Concordia Hospice of Washington. We assimilated Washington Health System’s Hospice Care to enable residents to receive quality end-of-life care in their homes as well as inpatient and respite care at the Donnell House in Washington, PA.

Concordia Hospice of Washington is made up of hospice volunteers, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care team members, bereavement counselors and medical directors. When a patient is admitted, a specialized care plan is prepared based on each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

For more information about Concordia Hospice of Washington, call Concordia Hospice of Washington at 724-250-4500 or message us through our Contact form.

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Concordia Village of Tampa Campus Map

May 30, 2014
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Within the 24-hour security of our gated community, you’ll find everything you need: The beauty parlor, the library, the art studio and craft room, the Olympic-length pool, movie theater…all this and more, literally at your feet. And just beyond our borders, the excitement, culture and beauty of Tampa Bay await you.

Click here to download a PDF map of our community.

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Admission Applications

May 30, 2014
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Click here to download an Admission Application for Short-Term Rehabilitation, Long-Term Nursing Care or Assisted Living.

Click here to download an Admission Application for Retirement Living (Garden Apartments or Villas).

And don't forget: We're here to help make your experience as easy as possible - we'll even walk you through the paperwork if you need a hand. If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit, call us or send a message through the Contact Us form.

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Admission Applications

May 30, 2014
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Click here to download an Admission Application for Short-Term Rehabilitation, Long-Term Nursing Care or Personal Care.

Click here to download an Admission Application for Retirement Living. To complete the Retirement Living application, you may either 1) type directly into the PDF, print and mail to the address provided, or 2) print, write in your responses and mail to the address provided.

And don't forget: We're here to help make your experience as easy as possible - we'll even walk you through the paperwork if you need a hand. If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit, call us or send a message through the Contact Us form.

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Admission Applications

May 30, 2014
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Click here to download an Admission Application for Short-Term Rehabilitation, Long-Term Nursing Care or Personal Care.

Click here to download an Admission Application for Retirement Living.

And don't forget: We're here to help make your experience as easy as possible - we'll even walk you through the paperwork if you need a hand. If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit, call us or send a message through the Contact Us form.

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Admission Application

April 25, 2014
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Click here to download an Admission Application. And don't forget: We're here to help make your experience as easy as possible - we'll even walk you through the paperwork if you need a hand. If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit, call us or send a message through the Contact Us form.

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Camp Erin Pittsburgh

January 29, 2014
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In 2007, Good Samaritan Hospice held its first event just for children called Camp Good SAM, an overnight summer bereavement camp. In 2013, Camp Good SAM was consolidated with Camp Erin® Pittsburgh to provide a three-day, overnight experience in a safe and caring environment where grieving children and teens ages 6-17 could connect with others dealing with loss.
    
The landscape of the pandemic did not permit Good Samaritan Hospice to safely hold the annual overnight bereavement camp in 2020; however, we were able to hold a one-day socially-distant day camp in August. And while it was a success, a need was recognized to adapt and expand our youth bereavement services beyond just the camp to reach even more of God’s people on a more frequent basis.
    
While we’re proud of the time we spent with Camp Erin® Pittsburgh, Good Samaritan Hospice is thrilled to introduce Youth Bereavement Care (YBC), a division of Family Support Services. Founded in 2020 and grown from the need for innovative ways to reach grieving children year-round, the program provides free support for youth from birth through age 21 who have been affected by the death of a significant person in their lives. YBC is open to not only our hospice and extended Concordia families but to the greater community as well.
    
The mission of YBC is to make an impactful difference in the lives of children and teens by providing resources, clinical support and year-round connection with other families who are grieving. The enriched programming provides robust support to children and youth as they navigate their own unique grief. YBC services are FREE and include a variety of virtual and in-person programming, such as grief counseling, peer support, individual and family groups, grief education and day retreats.
    
One out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will experience the loss of one or both parents. This statistic does not account for the number of youths grieving the loss of an extended family member or friend. In a world where everyone is apart, our goal is for bereaved youth to know they are not alone.
    
YBC is staffed by grief and bereavement experts as well as clinicians who are trained in child mental and behavioral health and provide connective resources within the grief community. Rolling referrals are accepted year-round.
    
If you or a loved one could benefit from bereavement support services but are unsure of what service may help you best express and explore the grief that is uniquely individual, please feel free to reach out GSH bereavement coordinator Linda Hicks, LCSW, at 1-800-720-2557, ext. 4424 or by e-mail at lhicks@good-samaritanhospice.org.

If interested in donation opportunities, call the Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation Office at 724-352-1571, ext. 8363.

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Good Samaritan Hospice Volunteer

January 20, 2014
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Do you have the desire and passion to impact someone’s life? Whether you’re doing something as simple as cooking a meal or as complex as writing someone’s life story, Good Samaritan Hospice volunteers make a difference.

Volunteers are always welcome and needed. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application form, per the Hospice Medicare Regulations, and receive training from the Good Samaritan Hospice staff - the amount of training depends upon the area of volunteer interest. Volunteers choose the amount of time they wish to volunteer as well as the geographical areas in which they wish to serve.

College students bring wonderful gifts to patients and families due to their flexibility, education and desire to serve and diversify their skills. Spending time with patients and families strengthens communication skills and adds value in immeasurable ways. Students in nursing, social science, counseling, therapy, EMT, Paramedic, and medical technology programs have found hospice volunteering extremely rewarding both personally and academically.

Because hospice patients have diverse needs, Good Samaritan Hospice welcomes individuals and groups (church, school, community) with varied skills. Our volunteers have been gardeners, hairstylists, artists, musicians, carpenters, quilters, housekeepers, and writers. Every special skill and talent can be used when you are a hospice volunteer.

Click here to view the standard application. Once the application opens in a new window you can either: 1) print and complete the application, and mail it to the address below; 2) print, complete and scan the application and email it directly to the volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@good-samaritanhospice.org.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Provide companionship and support to patients
  • Give caregivers much needed breaks
  • Help in our inpatient units (Wexford, Cabot, Beaver)
  • Run errands, light laundry, housekeeping
  • Share prayer or spiritual support
  • Cook or bake
  • Play music or sing
  • Visit with a therapy pet
  • Provide massage therapy
  • Help patients write or tell their life stories
  • Assist staff with administrative tasks and special events

You can e-mail your completed application to our Volunteer Coordinator here. You can also fax completed volunteer applications to us at 724-933-8844 or mail to:

Good Samaritan Hospice
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
116 Browns Hill Road, Suite 100
Valencia, PA 16059

For more information, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 724-933-8888 or toll free at 1-800-720-2557. You can also message us here.

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