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June 10, 2002

Wissahickon Hospice of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Relocates Main Office

(BALA CYNWYD, PA) On June 24, Wissahickon Hospice, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will move its main office from Chestnut Hill to One Presidential Boulevard in Bala Cynwyd. The Bala Cynwyd location, which is the main office for Penn Care at Home, will allow the Wissahickon Hospice team to work more closely with other Penn Care at Home organizations.

Hospice programs provide health care and supportive services, primarily in the home, to people with terminal illnesses, The goal of hospice care is to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual need of patients and their families. Joan Doyle, Executive Director of Penn Home Care and Hospice, says the mover will allow the team of staff and trained volunteers to provide better care, comfort and support. "We are delighted to have Wissahickon Hospice join the other Penn Home Care organizations in the new, modern facilities at Bala Cynwyd. Together our team of professionals will be able to better serve patients, caregivers and families throughout southeastern Pennsylvania."

Wissahickon Hospice is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. When the Hospice was established in 1982, it served patients in northwest Philadelphia and southeastern Montgomery County. Today Wissahickon serves patients throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties--over 1,200 patients and their families.

Wissahickon Hospice was the first Medicare-certified hospice in Pennsylvania and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

More information about Wissahickon Hospice and its services can be obtained 24 hours a day at 1-800-700-8807.







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