Providing help and support to those living with an advanced illness.
Hospice of St. Mary's is a not-for-profit service that provides physical, psychological, spiritual care, and comfort to those who are terminally ill and to their families. Hospice also offers grief support to families and community members who have experienced a loss.
Founded in 1981, Hospice of St. Mary's was started by a group of community volunteers under the direction of Dr. Patrick Jarboe. After several decades, we continue to provide high quality and compassionate end-of-life care for our patients and their families.
Who we treat
Patients determined to be at the end stages of illness (doctor prognosis of six months or less to live) are entitled to care by Hospice of St. Mary's. Please understand that the six-month prognosis is merely a guideline. Hospice re-evaluates patients every 60 days and, as long as their conditions continue to decline, they are re-certified for hospice coverage for as long as they live.
Patients determined to be at the end stages of illness (doctor prognosis of six months or less to live) are entitled to care by Hospice of St. Mary's. Please understand that the six-month prognosis is merely a guideline. Hospice re-evaluates patients every 60 days and, as long as their conditions continue to decline, they are re-certified for hospice coverage for as long as they live. A Hospice of St. Mary's nurse is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 301-994-3023 if you ever need to discuss a patient's eligibility for hospice services.
To contact our team at Hospice of St. Mary's, please call the phone numbers listed here.
Payment and insurance
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance policies. Insurance covers all hospice services and supplies related to the patient's illness. Hospice of St. Mary's provides care regardless of a patient's ability to pay.
The Hospice Board of Directors ensures ongoing support through fundraising, which helps offset the cost of care for those who are not insured. The hospice staff will assist families in finding out whether the patient is eligible for any coverage that he or she may not be aware of.
Our Bereavement Department is committed to providing compassionate grief services and support to adults, teens, and children who are grieving the loss of a family member or close friend. Grief is a universal experience. No one can predict how long grieving will last or how to grieve. There are manifestations of grief common to all who undergo it. Understanding and dealing with these manifestations can be very helpful to people who experience the death of a loved one. For more information about the Bereavement Center offerings listed on this page, please call 301-994-3078 and ask for Bereavement and Grief services.
As an extension of the hospice philosophy, Hospice of St. Mary's offers grief support through our Bereavement Center, which encompasses the entire family as a unit of care. We offer services to families affected by a terminal illness and provide bereavement support after a death for up to 13 months. All services are provided by bereavement coordinators and trained volunteers. The center offers short-term grief counseling, education, and support to:
- Surviving family members and loved ones of Hospice of St. Mary's patients
- Community members, organizations, and schools
- Individuals in the healthcare profession
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