October 27th, 2015
The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia had the pleasure of awarding Sacred Heart Home with a recent Community Impact Award for the tremendous work they are doing in Philadelphia.
Sacred Heart Home was founded in 1930 by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, daughter of 19th-century writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. A convert to Catholicism, Hawthorne decided to take action after a seamstress she knew died in a poorhouse for lack of cancer treatment. From this stemmed the creation of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, whose mission is solely to serve those affected by all forms of cancer. Today, they have multiple locations throughout the country.
Sacred Heart Home currently serves approximately 35 patients with palliative care for their terminal cancer. It is also a free of charge facility for those who cannot afford care. The Home is fully staffed with Dominican Sisters, Registered Nurses and volunteers, all who have built strong relationships with past and present residents. According to Sister Mary de Paul, the Home’s Nursing Director, each patient relationship is special and valued to their staff. We at CFGP feel privileged to have experienced their passion for healthcare first hand, and encourage individuals in our area to learn more about this inspirational facility.