Rep Madden applauds Hospice House planned re-opening in Monroe County
State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased the Hospice House and inpatient hospice services in Monroe County will resume operation upon approvals and staffing the facility.
Representatives of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono and an advisory committee of community members who formed to assess the facility’s future made the announcement today after a 90-day review which concluded that reopening the facility for local inpatient services would be in the area’s best interest.
"Monroe County's first and only hospice center, built by the people, for the people, is finally re-opening its doors,” Madden said. “The residents expressed sadness and anger when the hospice closed, and protested over the loss of such a vital part of the community. Their voices have been heard and this needed facility and its services again will be available to the community."
Madden said the opening of the East Brown Street facility in East Stroudsburg is dependent upon regulatory approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and how quickly staff can be hired.
The committee also recommended building referrals and increased community awareness throughout Monroe County and northeast Pennsylvania. In addition, the facility will hold an open house as efforts to resume inpatient services continue.
Madden said formal evaluations every six months and a review every two years will be conducted.
Planning also continues to display the memory bricks at the house as part of a special garden on the grounds. A yearly remembrance is also planned to honor the memories of loved ones who passed at the Hospice House.