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Published on November 17, 2015

Lift a Family’s Burden

Feed a hospice family a Thanksgiving meal through the Spartanburg Regional Foundation

Medical bills are piling up and energy is focused on making a loved one’s last days comfortable.

The holidays can be a stressful time with planning family visits and cooking large meals. When a family member is terminally ill, cooking a turkey and buying the cranberry sauce isn’t at the forefront of your mind.

But when a family hears a knock on the door and is greeted by a volunteer bearing a full Thanksgiving meal, a Thanksgiving family gathering got easier.

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation, part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, eases this stress and lends a hand to help families create unforgettable holiday memories by providing Thanksgiving Meals for Regional Hospice patients and their loved ones.

"Our Regional Hospice program is committed to helping patients have the best day they can have every day. Thanksgiving is a time everyone can get together and make lasting memories, especially if it could be a family member’s last holiday,” said Kim Ross, Director of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care. “When someone’s health is in decline, family gatherings become that much more important.”

For more than 20 years, Spartanburg Regional Foundation and Wade’s Restaurant in Spartanburg have partnered to help families with loved ones in Regional Hospice to have a special Thanksgiving meal together.

For a $55 donation to the Foundation, Wade’s prepares a special holiday meal for a Regional Hospice family. Each meal serves up to 12 people. Spartanburg Regional Hospice currently has nearly 130 patients receiving care at home. The Thanksgiving Meal program provides for more than 1,500 people. In 2014, volunteers delivered 120 meals.

“Some families are dealing with the accompanying financial issues illness can bring,” said Shelly Sinclair, Spartanburg Regional Foundation Director of Philanthropy. “Some of our families do not have the emotional stamina to coordinate a complicated family gathering. We believe this program is an important way to offer support.”

Even if a family member has passed away within the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, they will still receive a meal, helping them enjoy what can be a time of healing and togetherness in the wake of a devastating loss.

Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to families on Saturday, Nov. 21. Meals can be frozen and easily reheated in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26. Each meal comes with preparation instructions, specific to that family’s needs.

For more information on Thanksgiving Meals, please contact Spartanburg Regional Foundation at 864-560-6727 or visit RegionalFoundation.com.

About the Spartanburg Regional Foundation

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation is a charitable organization whose primary mission is to benefit the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System through direct support of community programs and services that share the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System mission of providing quality health care to our community.

About Spartanburg Regional Hospice

Spartanburg Regional Hospice, a non-profit organization, has provided care and compassion to patients experiencing end-of-life situations and to their families for 35 years. Created in 1980 by local visionaries who saw the need for expert hospice care in the Upstate, Spartanburg Regional Hospice has provided care for thousands of families. The Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home is a 15-room facility that provides full-time inpatient care for patients requiring treatment for pain and symptom management. Spartanburg Regional Hospice also offers routine home care, the most common type of hospice care; respite care, designed more for the family than for the patient; and continuous or crisis home care for patients who qualify for general inpatient are at a hospice facility but wish to receive treatment in their homes.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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