Area Non-Profits Join Together


New Philadelphia, OH – Area non-profits committed to hospice and home care have joined together to combine resources and assure continued access to high quality hospice and home care in Coshocton County. 

After an extensive search process, Health Services of Coshocton County (HSCC) will transition hospice services to Community Hospice and home care services to GentleBrook. The transition will be effective, December 1, 2016.  The organizations all share values, culture, mission, and expertise. With over 100 years of combined care delivery and experience, our organizations offer more resources to provide care to our patients and their families and greater support by providing every level of care a patient or their family may need.

Together we fulfill a unique role by providing mission-driven, community-based care. Our care includes best practices and is the best available in our respective communities. By leveraging our strengths, we are ensuring the long-term success of the shared mission of serving more patients and their families. Additionally, local staff will focus on specific community needs and desired services.

In describing this agreement, Norm Mast, President and CEO of Community Hospice said, “We are two “like-minded” mission driven organizations that believe in providing quality end-of-life care to the communities we serve.  We believe that together we are stronger.  We are honored that they have chosen to join our organization to assure that the mission of providing quality end-of-life hospice services continues in Coshocton County.”

The agreement will allow each of the organizations to take advantage of economies of scale while capitalizing on the strengths of each. 

Hospice Services will be provided under the under the name of Community Hospice of Coshocton County with the local office remaining at 230 S. 4th St. in Coshocton.  No employees or volunteers will be affected as the merger proceeds and HSCC will transition two board members to the board of Community Hospice.

GentleBrook will continue to operate home health services under the name of Health Services of Coshocton.  They will maintain leased offices in their existing Coshocton office, so they can continue to serve the local community with the same level of exceptional, home health services. Norm Wengerd, President and CEO of GentleBrook stated, “As a long standing community provider, we understand the expectations of the community and feel privileged to be selected to continue the legacy of home health services that HSCC started so many years ago”.  Clients and families will receive the same level of services that they have come to know from HSCC.  The existing staff will not be affected and two HSCC board members will transition onto the GentleBrook Board of Trustees.

About Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton County - Serving our first Hospice patient in 1986, Health Services of Coshocton is a non-profit full service health care agency providing compassionate, professional healthcare support in your home.  In 2016, they began their 30th year of service to residents of Coshocton County. As a non-profit health care agency, all of their efforts are focused on the well-being of patients, not on profits.

About Community Hospice - Community Hospice is a non-profit hospice agency serving Tuscarawas, Stark, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton and surrounding counties.  Started in 1986, Community Hospice recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary in serving the community.  At Community Hospice, our mission is “To Honor life by providing Peace, Hope and Compassion to those we serve.”

For more information about Community Hospice visit the website at

About GentleBrook - GentleBrook, established in 1974, is a not-for-profit 501c3 social purpose enterprise with a vision of connecting people and community through services and business opportunities. From its founding, GentleBrook’s mission has been to develop services and supports for both persons with developmental disabilities and older adults.  The organization has a long history of providing quality services including: residential and vocational services in the area of developmental disabilities, home health and assisted living for older adults, as well as own and operate an array of businesses that provide work opportunities for disabled clients.   GentleBrook currently serves 250 clients and 7 counties which include:  Stark, Summit, Portage, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Guernsey, and Muskingum.

For more information about GentleBrook visit the website at