San Juan County, being relatively tiny in the eyes of Medicare, receives insurance-funded hospice care under the umbrella of Hospice of the Northwest, which is based in Skagit County. Although both San Juan Island and Lopez Island have all-volunteer hospice organizations to complement the nursing care available from HNW, around-the-clock access to nursing support and other critical resources for end-of-life care is provided by HNW alone. This currently is under threat.
Were you aware that Hospice of the Northwest is under consideration for sale to Bristol Management Team, a for-profit hospice company that is part of Webster Equity Partners, based in Massachusetts?
For-profit hospices do not have a good track record. San Juan County, which is part of the HNW Certificate of Need, has not been included in requests for public comment. Is there anything this community could do to help protect hospice care to vulnerable adults in our county?
Please contact your County Council rep and your island’s Public Hospital District RIGHT AWAY to urge intervention in this potentially disastrous sale!
Marie-Luz Villa, MD, AGSF
Hospice of San Juan