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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.”