Delaware Hospice and Saint Francis Hospital Expand Partnership to Open an Inpatient Hospice Unit in Wilmington

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Photo: Susan Lloyd of Delaware Hospice; Jim Woodward, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic.

Delaware Hospice, Inc. and Saint Francis Hospital of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic are proud to announce the expansion of its partnership to include an 8-bed inpatient hospice unit at Saint Francis Hospital, located in Wilmington.

Opening in early October 2022, this dedicated, inpatient hospice unit will allow Delaware Hospice to provide end-of-life care to Saint Francis and Delaware Hospice patients, and those eligible for this service in the community. Delaware Hospice will lease the unit on the 6th floor of the hospital’s DuPont Building. Renovations will begin this Spring.

Delaware Hospice and Saint Francis Hospital are both committed to meeting the needs of the community. Currently, Delaware Hospice provides palliative consultative services to Saint Francis’ eligible patients. The addition of the hospice unit will help meet the growing need for hospice and palliative care services in Delaware as its population ages.

“As end-of-life care needs evolve at an unprecedented pace, Delaware Hospice is pleased to partner with Saint Francis Hospital,” said Susan Lloyd, MSN, RN, President and CEO, Delaware Hospice. “Both of our Missions are very much aligned, and we look forward to our partnership, and ensuring our patients and families receive the care they need.”

“Saint Francis is committed to this partnership with Delaware Hospice to make sure that patients with a life-limiting diagnosis receive compassionate comfort care provided with respect,” said Jim Woodward, President and CEO, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. “We believe the addition of this unit on our campus will allow us to better serve our hospice and palliative care patients and provide respite to their families and caregivers.”


About Delaware Hospice
Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has provided the highest quality hospice and healthcare services, and serves as a trusted community partner in end-of-life education and support. Our mission is to provide support to every individual, family, and community with compassionate and expert care for serious illness. Accredited by the Joint Commission and active members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Delaware Quality of Life Coalition, and Alliance Kids Delaware Hospice continues to be a licensed, nonprofit, community-based healthcare agency serving Delaware as well as southern Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Through our commitment to care for our community, we offer the following programs and services, many free of charge: Delaware Hospice, the Delaware Hospice Center, Katybug, Delaware Palliative, Delaware Transitions, Bereavement, New Hope, and Honoring Choices® Delaware.

About Saint Francis Hospital
Founded in 1924, Saint Francis Hospital is guided by its Catholic-health core values of reverence, stewardship, integrity, justice and commitment to the underserved. Located in Wilmington, Del., and with 219 licensed beds, Saint Francis Hospital offers numerous outpatient services, a primary care physician network and is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. Saint Francis Hospital offers the shortest ER wait time in New Castle County, Del., and is designated by the state and American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital is the basic life support EMS provider for the cities of Wilmington and Dover, Del. Additionally, the hospital partners with Nemours- Children’s Hospital for Level II neonatology care, and partners with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for maternal-fetal medicine. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa.; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. and home health and LIFE programs. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.

About Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa.; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., and home health and LIFE programs throughout the region. These entities include hospitals, associated clinics, medical offices, specialized facilities, affiliated institutions and foundations serving together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within their communities. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health.

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