Lehigh Valley Health Network said it will resume inpatient care at the Hospice House of Monroe County in East Stroudsburg.
The network had previously decided to transition inpatient hospice services to LVH-Pocono, but feedback from the community indicated that people wanted the health network to continue that care at the Hospice House.
“Much thought and consideration went into the initial decision to transition inpatient hospice services to LVH-Pocono, where we continue to provide quality care and compassion to our patients and their loved ones,” Elizabeth Wise, president of LVH−Pocono, said in a statement. “The attention about hospice care increased awareness and communication among in-hospital providers and gives us an opportunity to continue to grow the program for those who need it going forward.”
The basic costs of reopening and renovations would be covered by LVH-Pocono. Multi-year philanthropic funding would support new beds, required equipment and some operating expenses.
It did not set a date for the reopening of the East Brown Street facility due to the need for regulatory approvals and hiring staff.
Wise said going forward, Hospice House and hospice operations will continue to be scrutinized, with formal evaluations every six months and an intensive review at two years. She said financial viability and sustainability of Hospice House must be realized.