Officials of Hospice of Washington County Inc. are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have certified Doey’s House to administer General Inpatient (GIP) Care. GIP care is for hospice patients that have severe pain and other symptoms that require an advanced level of care.

“The CMS certification was the last step that Hospice of Washington County (HWC) needed to take so that the residents of our community can fully utilize Doey’s House,” stated HWC’s Chief Executive Officer Ernesto Lopez, RN, BSN and MBA. “This certification will enable us to care for patients who have complex symptoms that cannot be managed  at home, but can be controlled more effectively during a short stay at Doey’s House until they can return home with hospice.”

In fall of 2017, a Ribbon Cutting was held for the facility, and HWC has since been able to care for residential patients at Doey’s House. “We have been creating terrific patient experiences with the few patients that have been admitted since receiving State approval this past October, and now we can provide our community the most advanced hospice level of care, in a new wonderful environment”

Doey’s House is an inpatient hospice facility that was specifically designed to meet the complex medical needs of our community’s end of life patients and their families. HWC provides care at Doey’s House through a compassionate and skilled team of physicians, nurses, supportive counselors, social workers, chaplains,  and volunteers.

Doey’s House has twelve private patient rooms which can accommodate visiting families, and each room has individual patios where patients can enjoy nature by accessing the patio area while still in their beds. Doey’s House also has a Meditation Room, Children’s Play Room, Family Kitchen, Great Room, and Library in order to mimic the comforts of home. Doey’s House is named in honor of Doris Glessner. Her son, Neal, along with the HWC Board of Directors inspired the support of the community to bring a hospice house to our community.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support of the more than 2,300 individuals that donated to Doey’s House and believed in the importance of end-of-life care for our community,” concluded Mr. Lopez. “With this certification, the dream of a hospice house for Washington County is now fully realized.”

HWC is the exclusive licensed provider of hospice care in Washington County, Maryland. Since 1980, HWC has served Washington County residents and their families with compassionate care at the most vulnerable time of their life.

Individuals who would like to learn more about hospice care or to donate to the HWC Endowment to assist programs and services such as Doey’s House can call 301-791-6360.