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South Shore Health to end hospice care, send patients to Norwell VNA

WEYMOUTH – South Shore Health plans to discontinue its hospice services and will instead refer patients to the Norwell Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice for care.

Leaders have been looking for ways to preserve the “high quality, compassionate care,” while doing what’s best for the community, reads a statement provided by South Shore Health.

Norwell Visiting Nurse Association home care nurse, Gerry Sanderson, assists Allerton House resident, Robert Hannon, in the Hingham facility in early March before the onset of the pandemic.

“Through this work, and after careful consideration, we have made substantial progress toward an agreement with NVNA and Hospice, a 5-star patient experience provider of hospice services in the region,” the statement said. “As a result, our plan is to discontinue hospice services, and for NVNA and Hospice to become South Shore Health’s preferred provider for hospice care.”

South Shore Health plans to continue its Visiting Nurses Association program, which  it says provides “a unique, vital service” for the community.

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