(Hagerstown, MD) – Hospice of Washington County Inc. (HWC) is completing the final steps to open Doey’s House for patients and their families. Doey’s House is the first hospice house in Washington County and is located behind Meritus Medical Center and will provide general inpatient, respite services and short-term residential care for hospice patients.


The organization has hired a Clinical Manager Pat Stine who will oversee the operations of the 12-bed inpatient facility.  Pat Stine received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hagerstown Community College, and she has earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and a Master’s in Healthcare Management from National American University. Mrs. Stine most recently served as Patient Care Coordinator at the IMC unit at Carroll Hospital in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. She gained hospice experience in Pennsylvania with 365 Hospice and Grane Hospice as a Patient Care Manager and a Hospice weekend-on call nurse. She has also worked as a Nurse Educator, Critical Care Nurse, Director of Nursing and Operating Room Staff Nurse.


“We are very fortunate to have Pat Stine join HWC to provide leadership at Doey’s House,” stated HWC’s CEO Ernesto Lopez. “She has the experience and background to operate our hospice house so that our patients and their families receive the highest quality of care. Pat was instrumental in helping create policies and procedures for Doey’s House.”


HWC has recently added 24 new staff positions. Currently, these employees are in extensive training and working on emergency preparedness and life safety drills.


“Doey’s House will be an important addition to the continuum of care of our hospice patients,” stated Mr. Lopez. “Our employees have been undergoing intensive clinical training and orientation to ensure that we have fully prepared to provide the very best care in our new hospice facility.”


Successfully surpassing the requirements for the State of Maryland licensing, HWC is preparing for the Federal licensing process from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which include passing a series of requirements for life safety measures.


“Once we have met all the necessary requirements we will open immediately for patients,” stated CEO Ernesto Lopez. “We expect that we will open in late October.”


Doey’s House has 12 patient rooms and is 16,500 square feet. It has the amenities for patients and families such as one would have at their home including a family dining room, meditation room, library, children’s playroom, great room and sun porch. Each patient room has a private area for families to stay and a patio. A Ribbon Cutting Dedication for the facility was held in early September.