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Ketchikan Medical Center Hospice Earns Accreditation

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KETCHIKAN, Alas. – PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center’s hospice program has recently been accredited by The Joint Commission, a global organization that comprehensively reviews hospitals and healthcare programs for quality and safety. This certification means that our program has met the strict Joint Commission standards allowing more patients to receive this important end-of-life care in their place of residence.

PeaceHealth Hospice provides a comfortable and dignified transition toward the end of life for patients with terminal illnesses. Hospice services include 24/7 nursing coverage, social work resource navigation, spiritual care, physician oversight and support from volunteers. Most insurances, including Medicare, offer a hospice benefit.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Chief Administrative Officer Dori Stevens shared, “We are delighted to earn this accreditation for our hospice. Our team has been working for several years to elevate the end-of-life care to those on our island. We are grateful to the staff and volunteers that offer this exceptional, compassionate service to our community.”

The local team is specially trained to serve patients at their end of life, and volunteers help to serve patients and families as companions, by running errands, facilitating moving medical equipment, and more.  For more information on volunteering, call: 907-228-8300 x7213.

PeaceHealth Hospice can offer free, no commitment consultations for those interested in learning more. Call 907-228-7600 for more information.


About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at

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