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Stillwater Hospice expands services to Kosciusko County

Stillwater Hospice extends services to Kosciusko County

Stillwater Hospice, formerly Visiting Nurse, announced it is expanding services to residents of Kosciusko County beginning Nov. 1. This brings to 12 the number of counties the 134-year-old hospice, palliative and grief support organization serves in northern Indiana. Stillwater Hospice also offers services in Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Noble, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

“We have been providing palliative care and hospice services to residents of Kosciusko County for many years through our relationships with area hospitals, and we are glad to now begin offering home-based hospice and palliative care services in Kosciusko County,” said Stillwater Hospice CEO Leslie Friedel. “We have repeatedly been asked to enter the Kosciusko market and we see many opportunities for growth there.”

Residents of Kosciusko County who are facing serious illnesses can now receive Stillwater’s services in their homes, wherever those may be.

“We provide services wherever a person calls home, whether that’s a private residence, an assisted living or skilled nursing community,” Friedel said.

Hospice services are designed to improve the quality of life for those facing terminal illness through a combination of medical, social, spiritual and emotional support. Palliative care is for those living with a chronic condition to help control symptoms. Grief support through the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center, located on the Stillwater main campus on Homestead Road in Fort Wayne, is available at no charge to any adult who has suffered the loss of a loved one due to death. Hospice involvement is not required.

“Stillwater Hospice has a long tradition of providing compassionate care to the residents of northern Indiana,” said Jesica Thorson, chair of the Stillwater Hospice Board of Directors. “We are glad to be able to expand our service area to care for the seriously ill of Kosciusko County.”

In addition to providing services in Kosciusko County, Stillwater Hospice is also hiring nurses, CNAs and other medical professionals in the county to care for patients.

“Our nurses are your neighbors,” Friedel said. “We want to hire from within the communities we serve. We know that hometown heroes like hospice nurses provide excellent care to their neighbors.”

Anyone interested in learning more about Stillwater Hospice’s offerings and job openings should visit or call (800) 288-4111.