Why Windber Hospice?
Windber Hospice has been serving the communities of Cambria, Bedford, Somerset, and parts of Blair, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties for nearly 40 years. Founded by Dr. Earl Shope, Windber Hospice was the first hospice program in the state of Pennsylvania and the first rurally oriented hospice in the country. Today, our hospice program is respected as one of the finest... anywhere.

Windber Hospice is also unique, as it employs a full-time medical director who focuses on the holistic, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to end-of-life care for patients and their loved ones. Dr. Kelly Warshel is board-certified in both internal medicine and integrative/holistic medicine and is trained in reiki, and flower essence therapies. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute End-of-Life Practitioner Program.

Our Care

The Windber Hospice program provides comfort, care and support for the terminally ill and their families. Dignity and compassion are at the heart of hospice care as medical professionals and trained volunteers provide end-of-life care both in the home and in the home-like setting of the Windber Palliative Care Unit. In the true spirit of Palliative Care, the hospice program means that end of life does not mean end of care.

Years ago, most medical care was provided in the home. From giving birth to treating illness to end-of-life, patients were able to be with their families in comfortable surroundings. As medicine advanced, care moved increasingly to doctor's offices and hospitals. Eventually, the majority of terminally-ill patients found themselves spending their last days in dreary hospital rooms, far from the comforts of home.

The Windber Hospice program provides a perfect balance of old and new, bringing expert medical care and family support services into the home where patients to rest in comfortable surroundings.

Specifically, in-home hospice care includes regular visits by Nurses, Nurses Aides and Volunteers, all under the supervision of a physician.

John 14:18

We promote the hospice philosophy of care and provide services to all persons within the Windber Hospice Service Area. Although the main emphasis is on home care our Palliative Care Unit allows patients home-like comfort during necessary visits.

Services Provided

Under the direction of a physician, nursing and support staff make regular visits to your home to coordinate services and to maintain you in your home environment. We offer:

  • Symptom Control
  • Pain Control
  • Home Care Visits
  • In-Patient Unit
  • Educational Programs
  • 24 hour Availability
  • Spiritual Care
  • Social Services
  • Bereavement Support
  • Integrative Therapies

Admission Criteria

To qualify for hospice care you must meet the following criteria:

  • Life-limiting illness with limited life expectancy
  • No longer under active treatment for cure of the disease. May be receiving palliative treatments.
  • Patient/family are willing to participate in home care.
  • Patient lives within Windber Hospice Service Area

Insurance Coverage

Most commercial insurance carriers provide benefits for home care and inpatient hospice services. No one is denied services due to lack of insurance coverage or inability to pay.


Additional Information

For additional information please call 814 467-3684.