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Uplifting Lives and Communities: Hospice of Washington County Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month by Honoring Patients, Families, Caregivers, Staff, and Volunteers


Karen M. Giffin, AVP of Mission Advancement

Hagerstown, MDNovember 1, 2023 – Hospice of Washington County is proud to join the nation in celebrating November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of advanced illness care and recognizing the compassionate and dedicated care provided to individuals experiencing their final days of life.

Hospice of Washington County extends its heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable staff and dedicated volunteers who dedicate their time, expertise, and compassion to ensure that every patient's needs are met with the utmost care and respect. Their tireless efforts empower Hospice of Washington County to continue its mission of enhancing the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illnesses.

At Hospice of Washington County, the entire month of November will be dedicated to recognizing and honoring patients, their families, caregivers, staff, and volunteers in a variety of ways.

“We want to utilize Hospice Month as an opportunity to highlight the benefits of hospice care, dispel misconceptions, and raise positive awareness surrounding advanced illness care, and to salute staff who cares for our patients each and every day,” stated Sara McKay, Interim CEO of Hospice of Washington County. “We are proud to serve our community for over 40 years and to bring quality end of life care to our community.”

This National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Hospice of Washington County invites the community to join in celebrating the indispensable work of hospice and palliative care providers nationwide by sharing stories and care-centered experiences that celebrate the profound impact of these services on the lives of their loved ones.

As the leading community-based, mission-driven serious illness care provider in the Washington County Maryland, Hospice of Washington County works tirelessly to provide the full complement of patient-centered care for those in declining health—putting people over profits in every single instance. Hospice of Washington County maintains an unwavering commitment to ensuring that patients live out their final days in accordance with their greatest wishes along with providing compassionate support to their families.

To learn more about Hospice of Washington County’s services offered, or National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, please visit or call 301-791-6360. If you are supporting a loved one experiencing serious illness or would like to connect with a trusted community-based provider in your area, please visit or call 844-GET-NPHI (438-6744).

About Hospice of Washington County

A leader in community-based, mission-driven end-of-life care in the Mid-Atlantic, Hospice of Washington County provides palliative care, hospice care, and comprehensive grief and bereavement care throughout Washington County, Md. Founded in 1980 by a core group of local citizens, Hospice of Washington has been able to meet community need for serious illness and grief and bereavement care thanks to the generous support of a caring community. Its stand-alone, 12-bed inpatient hospice care center, Doey’s House, opened in 2017 to offer a home-away-from-home for hospice patients requiring 24/7 pain and symptom management for brief periods. Hospice of Washington County’s comprehensive grief and bereavement programs for children, teens, and adults are open free of charge to anyone in the community who has suffered a loss. In 2020, Hospice of Washington County launched Franklin Hospice in Chambersburg, Penn., to serve patients throughout Franklin County, Penn. Under the direction of its Board of Directors comprised of distinguished local business, healthcare, and community leaders, Hospice of Washington County works each day to fulfill its mission of “embracing individual needs with love, kindness, and compassionate care while creating meaningful end-of-life experiences for our patients and families.”


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