November 3, 2023
ALEXANDRIA, VA — Goodwin Living has announced that Goodwin Hospice administrator Nana Sarpong was recently appointed to the Board of Directors at Joseph’s House, a nonprofit medical respite facility in Washington, D.C., that provides care and support to unhoused individuals who suffer from HIV/AIDS or terminal cancer.
“I am proud to say that Joseph’s House is led by a diverse board and staff who bring their lived experiences and cultural competency to our vision, strategy and practices,” said Joseph’s House Executive Director Kowshara Thomas in a press release. “Nana’s passion, commitment, and strategic thinking will contribute to the growth and success of the organization. I believe everything happens for a reason, and Joseph’s House is blessed to have him serve on the board.”
Sarpong’s journey with Joseph’s House began when a colleague introduced him to Kowshara Thomas. The relationship continued to build when Sarpong assisted in transferring a Goodwin Hospice patient to the care of Joseph’s House. What started as a joint effort to provide care and services to a client quickly turned into a passion for helping the organization to grow.
“It’s a humbling opportunity, because I believe Joseph’s House is doing a lot of good, serving this underserved population in D.C.,” said Sarpong. “Similar to Goodwin Hospice, Joseph’s House is a nonprofit organization that does needed work. I’m honored to help both organizations in any way that I can.”
In his role at Goodwin Hospice, Sarpong is responsible for ensuring quality and compassionate care and compliance with federal and state regulations. He played a crucial role in leading the Goodwin Hospice team in achieving national accreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Partner. This certification is a testament to the fact that Goodwin Hospice provides the best practices and care for those who seek and receive end-of-life compassion and support.
Goodwin Living touches the lives of thousands of people every day through its range of senior living communities, specialized healthcare services, community partnerships, and philanthropic endeavors.
Founded in 1967, the faith-based, not-for-profit organization includes more than 1,100 employees, representing more than 65 countries, who serve nearly 2,500 older adults in northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Goodwin Living includes three life-plan communities, including two five-star-rated nursing-care centers; an age-in-place program; Goodwin Living At Home; and Medicare-certified services provided by Goodwin Home Health, Goodwin Rehabilitation, and Goodwin Hospice. Goodwin Living serves roughly 16,000 older adults across the U.S. with its StrongerMemory brain health program, available at no cost through the support of the Goodwin Living Foundation. Goodwin Living has been a Washington Post Top Workplace for five consecutive years, and it was named the #1 Top Workplace for 2023.
Since its start in 1990, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Joseph’s House has provided support to homeless members of the D.C. community dying of AIDS. Over time, their services have expanded to include care for people with all stages of AIDS or terminal cancer.