Experience

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We only employ professional staff dedicated to providing quality patient care. Every applicant comes recommended to us by the medical community and undergoes a personal background check performed by the Pennsylvania State Police. We also verify professional and personal references, as well as prior employment history. All of our staff have backgrounds in end-of-life care and are committed to ensuring our patients and families are treated with the same dignity and compassion we give to our own families. We are so fortunate to have such a committed and passionate team to guide us and to provide our patients with additional support.

Medical Director, Dr. Matt Vasil

Dr. Vasil received a BA from Indiana University of PA, completed his medical school training at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his family medicine residency at UPMC St. Margarets Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Vasil has been a physician with UPMC Valley Family Medicine since 2006 and is certified in hospice and palliative medicine. He has established a flourishing practice and is regarded as a caring, compassionate and knowledgeable physician throughout the community.

Nursing Staff

Unfortunately, we are not able to describe every member of our team, but we hope a summary of our staff’s experience will provide you with some comfort that you will be in good hands with Heritage. We employ primarily Registered Nurses (RNs) as well as some Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). We encourage our nursing team members to obtain a special certification in Hospice & Palliative Care in addition to their extensive licensure requirements. All of our nurses come to us with backgrounds in end-of-life care, whether from a hospital setting or another hospice provider.

Social Workers

We believe to be a great social worker, one must have both appropriate training and substantial experience. Our social workers connect resources and provide emotional and psychosocial support to our patients and families. While appropriate training is a necessity to perform the duties of a social worker, nothing can substitute for years of experience. Therefore, we only employ social workers that have substantial experience dealing with patients and families in end-of-life care settings.

Chaplains

Chaplains encounter a wide range of faiths and spiritual beliefs. Our Chaplains will provide support to our patients and families based on the personal faith and beliefs of the patient and/or family. Our chaplains typically have experience working in a church, which provides a vast array of experience serving the needs of a congregation. This includes supporting members at the end of their life and even overseeing their funeral services. Our chaplains also assist in bereavement counseling provided to our families.

Nursing Assistants

We only employ Patient Care Assistants that are licensed by the State of Pennsylvania. Using licensed staff helps ensure quality patient care and our patient’s safety. Our nursing assistants receive continuing education throughout their employment and receive supervisory RN oversight every two weeks.