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Samaritan Hospice Expands Mission and Services, Unveils New Name:
Created by hospice on 5/12/2011 10:52:03 AM


Marlton, NJ –   As the health care landscape continues to evolve, so does Samaritan. Effective May 2011, Samaritan Hospice has changed its name to reflect its expanding services while maintaining its commitment to providing the region’s best hospice care.  Samaritan, founded in 1980, solely as a hospice, is now Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice. Since that time, the organization has cared for more than 50,000 patients and their families.

“Our commitment to providing the highest quality hospice care in South Jersey has not changed,” said Mary Ann Boccolini, President and CEO of Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice. “This change is a clear indication that we offer care options for patients and families before they require hospice care,” she added.

Samaritan’s other programs include Palliative Medical Partners, SeniorWise Care Management, Center for Grief Support, and the Institute for Education. Care at all levels is coordinated with physicians, hospitals, home care providers and long-term care facilities.

A study (link) released by Health Affairs in March found Medicaid beneficiaries receiving palliative care show significantly lower hospital costs while getting an extra layer of medical support. They also spent less time, and were less likely to die, in an intensive care unit. The palliative care they received resulted in increased communication, care planning guidance, discharge planning and pain and symptom management.

“In addition to a marketplace awareness opportunity, we are adhering to strict federal mandates calling for more efficient healthcare with a greater emphasis in the delivery of patient-centered services and outcomes ─ with a particular focus on reducing preventable hospital readmissions,” Boccolini added.  “Our expanded palliative care programs will address these issues, head-on.”