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Concordia Visiting Nurses Celebrates National Home Care and Hospice Month
By SaraBeth Swain

Concordia Visiting Nurses' (CVN) mission of respect, dignity, and compassion is the lifeblood of the agency. The promise to deliver quality home health services and to minister to the unique needs of each individual is a vow the agency keeps to their patients, their employees, and the communities in which they serve. CVN has made it a tradition to honor and recognize their dedicated team of nurses, therapists, aides, social workers, and supportive healthcare professionals each November. This year, CVN, a leader in Western Pennsylvania home care services, has even more reason to celebrate National Home Care and Hospice Month.

In July, Concordia announced the creation of Concordia Hospice of Washington (CHoW), a blessing made possible through the partnership of CVN's management company Concordia Community Support Services (CCSS) and Washington Health System (WHS.)

"The partnership's main focus is to provide quality hospice care to those who have a serious illness," said Martin Trettel, CEO and President of CCSS. "Concordia Hospice of Washington provides physical, emotional, and spiritual end-of-life hospice care and support to those in their own homes or in our inpatient unit at the Donnell House in Washington, PA."

The agency is grateful for the opportunity to reach even more of God's people through hospice services that focus on comfort, guidance, and support. The idea of needing hospice services for oneself or a loved one can be overwhelming and worrisome; however, the hospice caregiver has the privilege to help the patient and their family embrace the finite with dignity.

Concordia would like to honor and thank every member of the home care and hospice community in Pennsylvania, and nationally. The efforts of healthcare professionals in our community are compassionate and giving, often heroic, and always selfless. Each and every member of our community makes a remarkable difference in the lives of all patients and their families every day. The work is noble yet humbled and commands an utmost respect of appreciation and gratitude. And at the end of every day, the focus remains on the patient.

In a message to his team, Trettel writes "As we celebrate National Home Care and Hospice Month, let us thank those who we serve. Let us be thankful for the opportunity to make positive impacts on the lives of our patients and their families. And let us be thankful that because of the excellent care we provide, we are encouraging and improving the independence of our patients."

If you or a loved one are in need of home care and hospice services or are interested in employment opportunities, Concordia welcomes you to contact an office near you. Visit www.concordiavn.org for office locations and contact information, an overview of services, and current career openings.

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