December 2002

End-of-Life Care Services at St. Joseph in Reading Exceed Statewide Scores

St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa., exceeds the statewide scores of Pennsylvania hospitals published in "Means to a Better End: A Report on Dying in America Today," a study released by Last Acts, a coalition to improve care and caring near the end of life. St. Joseph is in the 58 percent of hospitals in Pennsylvania that have a comprehensive pain management program and is one of only 30 percent affiliated with hospice services. Nearly 40 percent of St. Joseph patients 65 years or older use hospice services in the last year of life, compared to the state average of 21 percent. St. Joseph is also among the 33 percent of Pennsylvania hospitals that have programs for the aggressive treatment of pain and symptoms of end-of-life illnesses. For more information, contact Michael Jupina, director of communications and marketing for St. Joseph, at