Asian Advisory Committee of Southeastern Pennsylvania
On August 13, 2010, the Asian Advisory Committee held its summer quarterly meeting at the Wissahickon Hospice facility, Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse located in Center City. Approximately 12 members attended the fiscal year end meeting. The hospice opened in the later part of 2008 and it is the first inpatient hospice of its kind in the area. The Asian Advisory Committee toured the facility that recently expanded to 20 large, private rooms, a spa center, meditation area and panoramic views of the city. Elizabeth (Betsy) Alexander, Director, who guided the committee through the facility noted that patients receive care from a specialized team of physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and chaplains to manage pain symptoms and other physical, emotional and spiritual needs unique to patients in their final days. In addition, families are able to spend time with their loved ones 24 hours a day. The innovative facility has a family lounge with wireless internet, a dining room with full kitchen as well as respite and bereavement support. Furthermore, a brief presentation by Betsy Alexander clarified the uniqueness of the pathways, demographics and operations of the Penn Hospice. The Asian Advisory Committee was welcome with enthusiasm from the staff. In the spirit of friendship and support, some members of the Asian Advisory Committee were eager to lend a helping hand.