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Wissahickon Hospice's mission is to comfort and support patients and families who are experiencing a life-limiting illness. Wissahickon Hospice accomplishes this through service, educating the public and the healthcare community about hospice principles and practices, and continuing to evaluate and modify hospice policies and services.
Established in 1982, Wissahickon Hospice was the first Medicare-certified hospice in Pennsylvania. Wissahickon Hospice provides services through a team of professionals and trained volunteers to terminally ill adults and children and their families. Hospice principles place emphasis on pain and symptom control, spiritual and emotional support, patient and family education, and bereavement support for the survivors following the death of the patient. Hospice seeks neither to prolong life nor to hasten death. Its objective is to work with the patient and the patient's family, physician and friends, so that the patient may live his or her final days, weeks, or months in comfort and in familiar surroundings, without pain, at peace, and to the extent possible, reconciled. In addition to Medicare certification, Wissahickon Hospice is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Wissahickon Hospice is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which allows for access to clinical, educational and research resources.