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Barbara Ivanko, President and CEO on behalf of Family Hospice and Palliative Care

Barbara Ivanko is President and CEO of Family Hospice and Palliative Care. Barbara has more than 20 years experience in the health care field and as a leader in the hospice industry – having served as a hospice educator at the agency, state, and national levels. Barbara joined Family Hospice in 2013, proud to assume leadership of a hospice with a legacy of high quality and service to the community.

Founded in 1980 by volunteers, Family Hospice and Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization serving 3,600 patients each year in nine Western Pennsylvania counties. As the leading, nonprofit hospice in the region, Family Hospice provides quality, compassionate care to individuals with life-limiting illness, along with education and support for their loved ones and the community. Patients receive care wherever they call home. If hospital-level intervention is required, Family Hospice is the only area hospice that has two home-like inpatient care centers, located in Mt. Lebanon and Lawrenceville.

Family Hospice embraces its role in helping people live life fully; remaining at home and in comfort during a time when curative treatment is no longer effective. Seventy-eight percent of patients cared for by Family Hospice are 65 or older, and Family Hospice is honored to be recognized by UPMC as a Community Champion for seniors. Family Hospice also offers outreach and services to local seniors via partnership programs with our region’s leading senior residential providers.  The “Circle of Life,” a program with UPMC Senior Communities, and “Woodwell,” in partnership with Presbyterian SeniorCare, provide expert end-of-life care services from Family Hospice staff to long term care residents right where they live.

Barbara is proud to report that in addition to providing expert clinical care and helping families make informed choices that work best for them, Family Hospice also provides education and training for at-home caregivers. Family Hospice’s Caregiver Training program offers hands-on education – equipping caregivers with the knowledge and confidence they need to tend to a loved one in the home setting. Family Hospice’s Caregiver Training program was a 2013 finalist for the Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care. 
             
Family Hospice’s outreach also extends throughout Western Pennsylvania in the form of bereavement support for those coping with loss. Individual grief counseling is provided to loved ones of Family Hospice patients, along with free community bereavement support groups for those coping with loss. In addition, Family Hospice hosts Camp Healing Hearts, a free annual day camp for children in the community (ages 6-12) who have lost a loved one or experience other difficult life transitions.

Family Hospice provides excellence, compassion and skill at the bedside, helping make a challenging time more meaningful and less frightening for patients and families. Barbara, her staff, the board of directors and volunteers at Family Hospice encourage every family to discuss their preferences for care while they are healthy, and to put their wishes in writing.

For more information about Family Hospice:

Website
Caregiver Training Program 
Family Hospice Facebook page 
Family Hospice on Twitter 
Family Hospice You Tube Channel

 



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