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Pathways Home Health & Hospice Celebrates 35 Years of Care; Not-for-Profit Agency Helps Bay Area Neighbors on Life’s Journey

February 9, 2012

Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty is celebrating its 35th anniversary of providing care for patients and families this month. Pathways was founded in 1977 by several physicians who saw a community need for compassionate end-of-life care. During its first year, Pathways cared for 12 patients. In 2011, Pathways cared for over 5,000 home health, hospice and private duty patients.

Sunnyvale, California (PRWEB) February 09, 2012

Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty is celebrating its 35th anniversary of providing care for patients and families this month. Pathways was founded in 1977 by several physicians who saw a community need for compassionate end-of-life care. The not-for-profit healthcare agency was originally known as Mid-Peninsula Health Services but was renamed Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty when it began to serve patients beyond the peninsula area.

During its first year, Pathways cared for 12 patients. In 2011, Pathways cared for over 5,000 home health, hospice and private duty patients in a service area that ranges from San Francisco to Gilroy to San Pablo from offices in Sunnyvale, Oakland, and South San Francisco.

“Pathways is honored and humbled to be able to provide patient and family care in our community for the past 35 years.” said Barbara Burgess, CEO of Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty. “As a not-for-profit health care agency, our roots in the community are deep and we are continually challenging ourselves to meet the changing needs of our patients and their families. We are essentially a hospital without walls and are the health care agency that arrives at your or your neighbors´ home when a loved one is recovering from an illness or nearing the end-of-life.”

Pathways´ mission is to provide compassionate, high quality patient and family-centered home health and hospice care, promoting comfort, independent and dignity. Over the years more than 2,000 physicians in the Bay Area have entrusted their patients to Pathways.

Pathways is unique in the Bay Area in that we have three service lines: a Hospice for those with life-limiting illness; a Home Health program to care for people after surgery or with wounds or chronic illness; and Private Duty to make caregivers available to those who want to hire help at home. The agency´s programs include IV therapy; Pathways KIDS for children with life-limiting illness; Palliative Care; specialized cardiac care; PATH: Pharmacy Assisted Transition to Home; wound care; rehabilitation; HARP: Housecall Admission Reduction Program to reduce the need to be re-admitted to a hospital; and integrative therapies holistic care for hospice patients.

Pathways by the numbers (fiscal year 2011):

  •     5,373 Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty patients served
  •     560 employees including nursing assistants to physicians
  •     524 volunteers providing nearly 26,000 hours in time
  •     14,500 bereavement contacts through calls and visits
  •     424 grief support sessions
  •     558 community partners including hospitals, nursing homes, long term care and assisted living facilities

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice

http://www.pathwayshealth.org/

Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit community based organization. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, Pathways was founded in 1977. Pathways care for patients in their place of residence, whether it be their home, hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility. Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, the California Association of Health Services at Home, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

Donations received from the community by Pathways Home Health & Hospice provide services that would otherwise not be available, including 24/7 access to a specialized team of care providers, chronic care programs, family bereavement counseling and support, integrative therapies, caregiver support, comfort care, and funding for under- and uninsured patients.

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