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Mission and Values

Mission

Hospice of Washington County, Inc. is committed to serving our community by empowering patients and families to provide quality end-of-life care and grief support for those coping with a life-changing loss.

Embracing individual needs with love, kindness, and compassionate care while creating meaningful end-of-life experiences for our patients and families.

Vision Statement

Every life we touch is filled with peace, comfort, and dignity.

At Hospice of Washington County, Inc. we promise to empower patients and families, assisting them in creating an extraordinary end-of-life experience.

Hospice of Washington County’s staff and volunteers are honored to answer the call of our founders’ early mission. The Hospice was born out of the vision of an exceptional group of people who realized the value of hospice care and wanted it for their families and neighbors. In 1980 they created a small, all-volunteer organization. HWC has grown into an organization employing nearly 150 people and serving over 200 patients a day.

Hospice of Washington County, Inc. was established in 1980 for the sole purpose of lending support to those facing a terminal illness and their families. A core of caring citizens of Washington County, Maryland gathered to see how they could offer their time and talents to help share the burden of a serious illness for their neighbors. Over the past thirty years, Hospice of Washington County developed into a full service hospice with two doctors, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, professional social workers and spiritual care providers in addition to our many dedicated volunteers.

As the exclusive licensed provider of hospice care in Washington County, Maryland, our goal is to surround the patient and their family with a personal team of professionals who know how to manage even the most difficult situations. HWC is governed by an elected Board of Directors and currently serve over 200 Washington County residents who live at home with family, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or group homes.

We are Medicare/Medicaid certified, accredited by The Joint Commission, a member of The Hospice and Palliative Care Network of MD, and a member of The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Hospice is a philosophy of care that is about managing the pain and symptoms of a life-limiting illness so the patient can live out the time left to the fullest extent possible. Hospice is not about giving up. It is about quality of life. Services are provided, referrals are made, and employment actions are made without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, handicap, or age. To speak to us personally, please call 301-791-6360.

Values

Patients First

We provide reliable, compassionate, quality care for every patient, every day. Every life experience is exceptional, and we understand our care must be equally exceptional.

Community

As one of the first hospice organizations in the country, we are deeply embedded in the local community as a trusted partner in the delivery of end-of-life health care.

Respect

Our joy of serving others leads to our actions. We strive to create an enriching environment for all.

Teamwork

We leverage the valued strengths and expertise of everyone.

Innovation

It is our duty to innovate and adapt on behalf of our patients. We strive to be on the cutting edge of evolving health care and lead change in our industry.