The goal of hospice is to assist patients and families with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects associated with terminal illness. It provides an alternative to hospitalization and an opportunity to make a choice as to where patients will receive care. Hospice services are provided by experienced health care professionals and trained volunteers under the leadership of the hospice medical director.

Wissahickon Hospice, which is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, was established first in 1982. The first Medicare-certified hospice in Pennsylvania, Wissahickon is one of the oldest and largest hospice programs in the region. For more information, call 1-800-789-PENN.