July 10, 2002
Gary Stephenson
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Susan Weis
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Hopkins Home Care Group Affiliates with the Washington Home for End-of-life Care Services  

The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group (JHHCG) and Community Hospices, part of The Washington Home (TWH), a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based healthcare facility, have entered into an agreement to provide hospice services to patients of the Johns Hopkins Health System.

TWH's Community Hospices, which comprise of Maryland Community Hospice, Virginia Community Hospice and Hospice of Washington, will be the preferred hospice provider for patients of the Johns Hopkins Health System in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia.

Effective July 1, JHHCG and Community Hospices will ensure an uninterrupted continuum of high-quality, compassionate care for chronically or terminally ill Hopkins patients in need of palliative or hospice care, according to Ronald R. Peterson, CEO of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine: "People at the end of their lives face many difficult issues," he said. "Access to the best and most compassionate care should not be one of them. This affiliation establishes a comprehensive, integrated continuum of health care and end-of-life services most suited to the individual needs and requirements of each patient."

Beginning immediately, Community Hospices will accept terminally ill patients from The Johns Hopkins Health System, regardless of ability to pay, under a mutually developed system of clinical and operational protocols designed to enhance timely access to needed services and improve care at the end of life. Hopkins' patients will continue to have a choice of providers and treatment options, depending on their insurance.

"We are pleased to be affiliated with The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group," said Lynn Collins O'Connor, president and CEO of TWH and Community Hospices. "This affiliation forges two mission-driven organizations with 227 years of collective health care experience. I believe Community Hospices' work with Hopkins will fulfill wishes of many chronically and terminally ill people throughout Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, who want a painless peaceful end-of-life surrounded by their family and friends."

"By affiliating with Community Hospices, Hopkins now has a system in place that expands greatly the geographic area we can serve," says JHHCG president Steven A. Johnson. "Thanks to this agreement, patients can receive first-rate, compassionate care throughout the region."

"We are delighted with this affiliation with the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group because, like Hopkins, we seek to provide exemplary care to our patients," said Barbara Rossotti, chair of the board of governors at The Washington Home and Community Hospices. "As the preferred provider, we look forward to sharing our hospice and palliative care experience with Hopkins' patients."

As part of the agreement, Steven Johnson will serve as an ex officio member of TWH's board of governors. Sydney M. Dy, M.D., director of JHHCG's adult hospice program, will serve a similar role in Community Hospices for medical matters relating to Hopkins System patients. Gregory M. Kato, M.D., JHHCG pediatric hospice director, will assume the same role within Community Hospices. Both physicians will serve on the Community Hospices and Palliative Care Board Committee. In addition, Hopkins will provide nurse clinical supervision by registered nurses for Community Hospices pediatric hospice patients.

The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group provides adult and pediatric home health, infusion, home medical equipment and ambulatory pharmacy services throughout Central Maryland. Johns Hopkins Medicine, which unites Hopkins' biomedical research, clinical, teaching and business enterprises, includes The Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins HealthCare and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.

The $2 billion enterprise is one of the largest employers in Maryland. Its components consistently are named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best School of Medicine, and its faculty consistently win the largest share of NIH research funds. Results of this research continue to advance efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent many diseases.

The Washington Home and Community Hospices, including Maryland Community Hospice, Virginia Community Hospice and Hospice of Washington, is a nonprofit 201-bed, long-term, rehabilitative, palliative, and hospice care facility located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Community Hospices provides hospice and community-based palliative care throughout Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The Washington Home Center for Palliative Care Studies conducts research, quality improvement and education to improve care at the end of life. The Washington Home and Community Hospices mission is to provide quality health care and end-of-life services with compassion and innovation to foster dignity and independence in those it serves. The Washington Home and Community Hospices is accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information, visit http://www.thewashingtonhome.org



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