Washington Health System

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Washington Health System provides health services to people of all ages
Washington Health System provides health services to people of all ages
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Through Washington Hospital & 40 off-site locations, Washington Health System (WHS) provides urgent care, diagnosis & surgery, outpatient care, wellness, hospices & addiction treatment. With 2,300 employees, WHS is the largest employer in Washington County. It is a nonprofit holding company.

Washington Hospital has a busy emergency room, does a lot of diagnostic testing of patients & performs surgeries, including heart procedures. The hospital delivers a thousand babies a year. They do rehabilitation & other therapy. Volunteers help the hospital run smoothly.

Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to healthy living. The center offer nutritional information, a spa, exercise & support programs. Their Registered Dietitians counsel people on losing weight, preventing disease through diet & disease management. Pilates are taught weekly – the first class is free. Community yoga is free. It is aimed at beginners, teaching basic poses that stretch & strengthen the body. Anyone can join in. Spa Harmony focuses on rejuvenation from facials to restoring the appearance of the body. The center includes a pool & sauna.

Washington Physicians Group are medical practices in Southwestern PA owned by WHS. They include primary care centers, family medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics specialists, outpatient centers, sports medicine, internal medicine, foot & ankle specialists, & mental health services.

Washington Health System provides cancer care through a partnership with UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center. Their 1,200-square-foot facility in downtown Washington offers state-of-the-art PET-CT imaging, radiation & other services.

Greenbriar Treatment Center offer drug & alcohol treatment that can lead to abstinence. Their detox facility treats 14 patients in a medically safe environment. Detox is a medical process that helps substance abusers through acute withdrawal. The second stop in most successful drug & alcohol treatment programs is inpatient. The Greenbriar inpatient program for men & women can treat more than sixty people at a time in a structured program. Seven outpatient centers in Washington, Allegheny & Westmoreland Counties offer daytime & evening programs. Halfway houses are available. Lighthouse For Women is a women-focused Greenbriar Treatment program that is licensed for dual diagnosis treatment – substance abuse & mental health issues are addressed together.

Washington Health System operates Greene Home Care, a home health agency in Waynesburg, PA. Home health agencies support people at home following an illness or injury, or due to aging. Staying home rather than being in a hospital or other health care facility is often more convenient for people while being as effective as being in a facility.

The Washington Health System Foundation promotes philanthropy that supports health care in Washington & Greene Counties, & southern Allegheny County. Funds are raised from donations, grants & a yearly giving campaign. More than $2.2 million dollars was raised in 2020. WHS programs that depend on donations include the Children’s Therapy Center, which is an outpatient rehabilitation program. Teen Outreach works with at-risk children & helps pregnant teens. Donnell House provides inpatient hospice care. Their Palliative Medicine Program helps ease the symptoms & stress of serious illnesses.

Nonprofit hospitals in America are often owned by holding companies that, in turn, own for-profit companies. The structure allows the nonprofit health organizations to build healthy bottom lines. They don’t pay taxes. They provides health care & other health-related community benefits.

WHS facilities made adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020/21. Surgeries that weren’t life threatening were postponed. Protocols were set in place to limit the spread of the deadly illness including social distancing & wearing marks.

Washington Health System is located at 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.