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Health Services and Hospice joins two area agencies

| November 4, 2016

COSHOCTON – Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton County (HSCC) announces that it will be joining two area agencies to enhance its commitment to providing the highest quality of health care to the citizens of Coshocton County.

The hospice branch of HSCC is partnering with Community Hospice, a non-profit agency currently serving Tuscarawas, Stark, Carroll and Columbiana Counties.  The home-health division of the organization will be joining with GentleBrook, whose services include not only home health, but also programs for older adults and those with disabilities.  GentleBrook currently serves 250 clients in Coshocton, Stark, Summit, Portage, Tuscarawas, Guernsey and Muskingum Counties.

The hospice division will be known as Community Hospice of Coshocton County, while the home health agency will be known as Health Services of Coshocton.  Both ventures will officially commence on Dec. 1 of this year.

Both hospice and home health services will continue to be provided from the HSCC headquarters at 230 S. Fourth St. in Coshocton.  Employees and volunteers of HSCC will continue in their current capacities, with a seamless transition.

“We are excited to have these opportunities to work with two such quality organizations,” said Jandi Adams, HSCC board chair, who added that it is a “win-win” situation for Coshocton County.

“In light of changes in the health care industry, the HSCC board of directors has spent many months exploring options to ensure the long-term future of non-profit hospice and home health services to our community,” she said.  “We believe these relationships will position ourselves to continue this superior level of care to our community for many years to come.”

Adams added that HSCC has been sharing services with Community Hospice for some time, and that both organizations have benefited from that arrangement.

Norm Mast, president and CEO of Community Hospice, said, “We are two ‘like-minded,’ mission-driven organizations that believe in providing quality end-of-life care to the communities we serve.  We believe that together we are stronger, and we are honored that HSCC has chosen to join our organization to assure that these quality hospice services continue well into the future in Coshocton County.”

GentleBrook president and CEO, Norm Wengerd, echoed Mast’s sentiment, adding that “we understand the expectations of the community for the highest level of home health care services, and we feel privileged to be selected to help continue the legacy that HSCC started in Coshocton so many years ago.”

Angie Taylor, HSCC executive director, stated, “For 30 years, we have served our community with a focus on people and not profits. Our caring staff is looking forward to continuing to provide our wonderful services to our Coshocton community.”

To learn more about Community Hospice and GentleBrook visit www.GentleBrook.org and www.myhospice.org.

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