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We only employ professional staff dedicated to providing quality patient care. Every applicant comes recommended to us by the medical community and undergoes a personal background check performed by the Pennsylvania State Police. We also verify professional and personal references, as well as prior employment history. All of our staff have backgrounds in end-of-life care and are committed to ensuring our patients and families are treated with the same dignity and compassion we give to our own families. We are so fortunate to have such a committed and passionate team to guide us and to provide our patients with additional support.
Holisticare is fortunate to have an excellent team of medical professionals led by our Medical Director and supporting physicians. Our Medical Directors are either licensed MDs (or DOs) play a critical role in hospice care. They can serve as patients’ attending physicians if this is helpful for patients or families. Otherwise they serve as extra resource in addition to the patient’s primary physician. They are great teachers who provide the overall clinical guidance for our hospice care, with regular care plan meetings held every two weeks. Our physicians also provide emergency and after-hours support, whenever the need may arise.
Unfortunately, we are not able to describe every member of our team, but we hope a summary of our staff’s experience will provide you with some comfort that you will be in good hands with Holisticare. We employ a combination of skilled Registered Nurses (RNs) and experienced Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). Our nurses have determined that hospice will be their life’s work – they are committed to providing patients and families with compassion and care at an important time. We believe that their expertise is important, thus we provide ongoing annual training and hospice and palliative care certifications.
We believe to be a great social worker, one must have both appropriate training and substantial experience. Our social workers connect resources and provide emotional and psychosocial support to our patients and families. While appropriate training is a necessity to perform the duties of a social worker, nothing can substitute for years of experience. Therefore, we only employ social workers that have substantial experience dealing with patients and families in end-of-life care settings.
Chaplains encounter a wide range of faiths and spiritual beliefs. Our Chaplains will provide support to our patients and families based on the personal faith and beliefs of the patient and/or family. Our chaplains typically have experience working in a church, which provides a vast array of experience serving the needs of a congregation. This includes supporting members at the end of their life and even overseeing their funeral services. Our chaplains also assist in bereavement counseling provided to our families.
We only employ Patient Care Assistants that are licensed by the State of Pennsylvania. Using licensed staff helps ensure quality patient care and our patient’s safety. Our nursing assistants receive continuing education throughout their employment and receive supervisory RN oversight every two weeks.