How Your Appreciated Stocks Can Be Used for Good
Tim Cunningham is always deliberate with financial decisions.
When the longtime financial advisor and Chairman of the McLeod Health Foundation Board learned that McLeod would be building the first inpatient hospice facility in the region, he decided to make a tax-wise gift of stock shares that had grown in value over the years.
Tim knew he wanted to make a significant gift because of an early family experience. At the tender age of 23, Tim experienced first-hand the benefits of hospice care when his brother passed away from cancer.
It would not be long before he would learn just how big an impact his gift had on others.
“One day, I was at my daughter’s school,” Tim recalled. “Someone deliberately made their way to me and said, ‘My mother was a patient at the McLeod Hospice House. She spent her remaining hours with us in comfort in the room you named. This special facility meant so much to my family and I wanted to thank you.’”
Her story made Tim realize how his gift had already touched others, even those he has never met. The opportunity to “name a room” through a financial contribution made a powerful impact.
Several years later, Tim’s mother, Billie, became ill. A longtime McLeod volunteer, she had given so much of herself to others. Billie’s final days, too, would be dignified by the compassionate care she received at the McLeod Hospice House.
When Tim arrived to be with her, he was delighted that she had been placed in the room he named. Tim knew his mother would have wanted to be in “his” room, holding his hand during her final journey.
“Mom was always so proud of my support of the Hospice House,” Tim said. It was a comfort to him that this would be a special tribute to her, where she spent her last moments with her son at her side, in a room that would honor her legacy of love and service.
Endowed Gift Honors the Memory of a Beloved Sister
As a long-time leader at McLeod Health, Teresa Anderson thought she understood the value of the McLeod Hospice program.
Yet in 2011, her family experienced this compassionate care in a new, very personal way. Teresa’s sister, Margaret Cantey, was admitted to the Hospice House after a brave nearly seven-year struggle with ovarian cancer.
Through this experience, Teresa truly understands what hospice care can mean for a family. She remembers the support and genuine caring from the team at the McLeod Hospice House. The rooms were comfortable and allowed for special moments between sisters. She especially recalls how the staff was able to help her understand and cope with this time of transition. Margaret was also able to comfort Teresa by telling her, “Don’t worry, I will be okay.”
Teresa and her husband, James, have been longtime supporters and advocates for the McLeod Foundation. Now, it is so much more personal.
Following Margaret’s passing, they generously began a tradition of sponsoring the McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting each year in her memory.
“In our family, we were raised to know God’s blessings are meant to help others,” says Teresa with conviction.
In 2016, when Teresa learned that the Foundation had established McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting Sponsor Endowments, she immediately agreed to fund an endowment in memory of her cherished sister.
She and James continue to be an influential presence at the Tree Lighting ceremony each year. They are comforted to know that their gift of support will be available to provide care for hospice patients and their families for years to come.
Supportive care for patients at the end-of-life is often delivered in their home. The home-setting allows the patient to receive care in a place where they are most comfortable surrounded by their loved ones and friends.
Understanding the unique needs of these patients and their families, McLeod Hospice has expanded its operations to include offices in Loris, Cheraw and Manning. Located on the campuses of McLeod Health Loris, McLeod Health Cheraw and McLeod Health Clarendon, these local McLeod Hospice teams offer care closer to home for patients living in Marlboro, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Horry and Sumter Counties.
“Opening these offices across the region has provided us the opportunity to hire staff who live and work in these areas,” said Joan Pavy, RN, MN, Administrator of McLeod Hospice. “As a result, our staff members bond with the patients and families over shared acquaintances and other connections they may have in common.”
These local McLeod Hospice teams meet regularly to discuss each patient’s care with comfort and dignity as the priority. During the patient care conferences, staff members bring any medical, social or spiritual needs a patient or family may have to the table to improve the patient’s quality of life from a holistic approach.
McLeod Hospice first expanded into Horry County in July 2016, led by Associate Medical Director Dr. Jason Harrah. Board certified in Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, Dr. Harrah, McLeod Family Medicine Carolina Forest, has cared for hospice patients for more than ten years.
“We remain resolved in our mission to provide services that not only relieve physical symptoms such as pain, but also the emotional and spiritual issues of the patient and their family that often accompanies a terminal illness. Our primary purpose involves helping patients live with their illness while maintaining the highest quality of life for as long as possible. In addition, we provide hospice care in the home, enabling families to remain together in peace, comfort, and dignity.”
A year after expanding to Horry County, McLeod Hospice established an office at McLeod Health Cheraw in July 2017. Led by Associate Medical Directors Dr. Ryan Connor and Dr. Andre Dyer, the McLeod Hospice team serves Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties. Both physicians also care for patients at McLeod Health Cheraw as Hospitalists.
Layne Rogerson, Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator, explained that she previously served as a chaplain for a hospice in eastern North Carolina. “I always felt a little envious of my co-workers who were taking care of patients they had known all their lives. When I moved ‘home’ to Cheraw and McLeod Hospice opened an office to serve Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties, I finally had the chance to take care of the people who cared for me growing up. I thank God I have the opportunity to come alongside my neighbors and friends and say, ‘in the midst of one of the most difficult times in life, you are not alone, and it is my honor to walk this leg of the journey with you.’ My role with McLeod Hospice allows me to show gratitude for all this community has done to invest in my life.”
The McLeod Hospice team at McLeod Health Clarendon began caring for patients in November 2017, led by Associate Medical Director Dr. Robert Eagerton with Eagerton Family Practice in Manning. Dr. Eagerton also has more than ten years of experience caring for hospice patients.
Patient Care Coordinator Cindi Barnett, RN, has spent 17 years caring for patients in their home as a home health and hospice nurse. “Caring for hospice patients and their families is very rewarding to me. I often hear people say hospice is about dying, but it’s not. We are about living and ensuring our patients are comfortable and free of pain. Improving a patient’s quality of life often allows them to enjoy more time with family and friends.”
A special thank you from our four-legged friends
Most families consider loving and caring for pets a beautiful part of life.
Yet, families and patients facing end-of life journeys often struggle to care for their four legged family members.
We know you join us in believing that no one should have to give up a pet when diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Because of your gifts, McLeod Hospice has established a new partnership with the national organization, Pet Peace of Mind. This program provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to look after their pets while on hospice care.
Latta residents Cindy and Ernie Hyatt became one of the first families to benefit from the new program. Ernie, a McLeod Hospice in-home patient since May, and his wife, Cindy, find great comfort in receiving much needed help to care for their beloved dogs, Max and Izzy.
“Cindy and I love Max and Izzy as if they are our children. Knowing they have the attention they need is very important to us,” shares Ernie.
Recently, during a medical crisis, Max laid his head on Ernie’s heart for two hours until Ernie stabilized. Max and Izzy know when their owners need extra love.
As participants in the Pet Peace of Mind program, Ernie and Cindy receive regular home visits by volunteers who take the dogs out for walks and play as well as provide trips to the groomer and the vet. “Ernie and I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for your support,” says Cindy. “The Pet Peace of Mind program plays a critical role in our hospice journey because I can now devote my full attention to caring for Ernie.”
Cindy knows at the appropriate time, she too will volunteer with Pet Peace of Mind to give back for all she and Ernie have received from McLeod Hospice. Max and Izzy thank you, too.
John DeBerry and his sister, Mary Wallace Moore, were raised observing and learning from the compassionate heart of their mother, Teena DeBerry. Motivated by Teena’s giving spirit, John and Mary Wallace wanted to honor her in a special way that would serve to help others.
“Mary Wallace and I could never ask for any greater blessing than the one that our mother has been to us,” said John. “We wanted to find a way to honor her in a fashion that would support the community that has been so good to all of us.
“One of Mom’s attributes that we are most grateful for is her caring nature and her compassionate heart. The opportunity to support the McLeod Hospice program seemed to be the perfect fit to honor our Mother’s kind spirit as McLeod Hospice provides compassionate care to so many patients and families at a time when they need it most,” added John.
John and Mary Wallace consulted with the McLeod Health Foundation on how they could support the hospice program and decided to establish a McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting Sponsor Endowment. The endowment will provide funding for McLeod Hospice in perpetuity and the gift will honor Teena every year at the annual “A Light for Someone You Love” Tree Lighting ceremony.
“The perpetual nature of this gift will be a way to honor Mom each Christmas for many years to come,” explained Mary Wallace. “The timing of the tree lighting is also significant for our family because Mom has always demonstrated to us the true meaning of the Christmas season and has made every Christmas extra special for our family.
“These are values and traditions that I hope to be able to pass along to my children. The annual hospice tree lighting will become a special part of that tradition, and I hope it will help to inspire my children to live their lives and appreciate each Christmas in the same way that their Grandmother always has,” said Mary Wallace.
Grey Raines and his family are motivated by a mission to carry on his father’s legacy by supporting the McLeod Health Foundation. Grey’s father, Mark Raines, founder of Raines Hospitality Group in Florence, was a loyal supporter of the McLeod Children’s Hospital. From regular financial contributions to providing complimentary hotel rooms to families traveling for treatment at the Children’s Hospital, Mark was deeply committed to children’s healthcare throughout his life.
“My cousin was born with a heart defect, and had to undergo several surgeries early in life,” recalled Grey. “This experience demonstrated to him the need for a great Children’s Hospital.”
One of Mark’s favorite events to benefit the McLeod Children’s Hospital was the Annual Raines Hospitality Hot Dog Eating Contest.
“The hot dog contest started 16 years ago as a fun way to bring our employees together,” said Grey. “As it grew, it evolved into a charity event to support McLeod Children’s Hospital.”
As Raines Hospitality has expanded from a single hotel to nine – with five more currently under construction – what started as a small event for fewer than 20 employees, has now grown to include more than 300. Last year, the contest raised $5,000 for the Children’s Hospital.
Grey takes great pride in watching his father’s hot dog eating contest be an ongoing event, and flourish.
“The contest was Dad’s biggest event -- he thought about it all the time,” Grey recalled with a smile.
“And, as our business continues to grow, so will the impact we make on McLeod Children’s Hospital.”
In 2015, Mark began receiving care from McLeod Hospice for a chronic lung disease. Mark’s final days in the McLeod Hospice House in December of that year led the family to extend their support of the McLeod Foundation to include McLeod Hospice.
In 2017, the family was honored to be asked to represent all McLeod Hospice families in lighting the trees during the annual “A Light for Someone You Love” ceremony, which benefits the McLeod Hospice program.
benefits the McLeod Hospice program. “We saw firsthand how patients and families benefit from Hospice care during a very difficult time. It was a blessing for our family and we want to ensure other families receive that same level of excellent care in the years to come,” added Grey.
Family connections to McLeod Health are at the very heart of Dan and Susan Guyton’s generous support of the McLeod Foundation.
Following in his late father, Dr. Eugene D. Guyton’s footsteps, Dr. Dan Guyton, a retired Urologist, has served in a number of Medical Staff leadership roles at McLeod including Chief of Staff. In these roles, he has been an integral part of the direction and movement to quality improvement that has evolved from the Clinical Effectiveness initiatives. He also serves on the McLeod Health Board of Trustees. Through this work, he is aware of the many programs that must be funded through charitable support. It is this knowledge that led Dan and Susan to become dedicated donors to the McLeod Foundation.
Last year, one particular area of support began to take on new meaning for their family.
The Guyton’s were well aware of the value of hospice care as their family was supported by McLeod Hospice with both of Dan’s parents well before there was a Hospice House. When they learned that the McLeod Hospice House needed additional rooms, they were quick to respond and generously made a commitment to this project which is recognized in memory of Susan’s father, Elmer Chasteen.
This past year, Dr. Steve Ross spoke to Susan and her sisters, Beth Stokes and Jean Morris, about their mother, Nadine Barrett. He felt the time had come for them to consider hospice care. In working with McLeod Hospice the sisters learned that the Hospice House offered Residential Care.
Residential Care is an option for patients on a limited basis as rooms are available. This level of care differs from Acute Inpatient Care in that the residential patient is medically stable. The environment at the Hospice House also provides both the patient and family comfort and peace of mind.
Susan shares that the Hospice House offers a feeling of peace when you walk in the door. “You are immediately embraced by a staff that wants to meet every need.” The family found the spacious rooms allowed them to spend precious moments with their mother and grandmother. They were able to welcome friends who visited as well as take advantage of the beautiful weather by rolling Nadine’s bed onto the room’s private patio. Surrounded by her loving family and supported by the professional McLeod Hospice staff, Nadine spent her final days in a calm and peaceful environment that was made possible by donors like the Guyton’s.
Dan and Susan add that this compassionate care is why they give to the McLeod Foundation – so other families can experience the same blessings that they did.