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Published on October 01, 2015

Honoring 35 Years of Comfort and Care

Spartanburg Regional Hospice Celebrates Anniversary

Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home

When a cure may not be possible, living the remainder of your life in physical, emotional and spiritual comfort is of the utmost importance. For 35 years, Spartanburg Regional Hospice, part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS), has helped families and patients during these sensitive times through care and compassion during end of life situations.

Spartanburg Regional Hospice, one of the first hospice programs in South Carolina, was created in 1980 by James Bearden, MD; Charles Boone; Roberta Jennings, NP; and Julian Josey, MD; local visionaries who saw the need for expert hospice care in the Upstate.

Over the last 35 years, Regional Hospice has provided care for more than 8,000 families through an interdisciplinary approach to meet each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. SRHS’s hospice program, which is a non-profit, is able to serve patients either in the hospice home or come to them at their own homes, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Caring for patients and families at the end-of-life is a privilege, said hospice director Kim Ross. We are so fortunate to be able to celebrate 35 years of Spartanburg Regional Hospice and the forward thinkers that brought the program to our community.”

Spartanburg Regional Hospice is the only hospice in the Upstate that is affiliated with a healthcare system, allowing hospice patients to have even more comprehensive and complete care. This care includes bereavement programs for families, as well as children through Christopher’s Camp, a camp for children ages 5 to 16 to help them cope with death.

To celebrate 35 years of innovation and foresight, we mark important times in the history of Spartanburg County’s hospice care:

1980: Regional Hospice was founded to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families at the end of life. It is one of the longest-serving hospice programs in South Carolina.

1982: Regional Hospice began hosting the Light Up a Life fundraiser, which gives individuals an opportunity to memorialize or honor a loved one during the holiday season.

1984: Spartanburg Medical Center, then called Spartanburg General Hospital, opened an In-Patient Hospice Unit – the first in the Carolinas. It celebrated an open house in February 1984 on 4 Tower. A home-like environment and family room was provided for patients being treated at home needing to be admitted to the hospital for pain or symptom control.

1986: The unit was expanded to six beds. Hospice also embarked on an aggressive educational speaking tour in the early 1980s to inform the public about the unique needs of this program. As a result, monetary contributions increased and local restaurant The Beacon, donated its November breakfast profits to the program.

1995: Another fundraising event, Regional Hospice Festival of Trees, began.

1995: Christopher’s Camp began. This is a bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have suffered the loss of a family member or loved one.

2000: The inpatient oncology and hospice unit opened on Oct. 22, with 30 oncology and hospice rooms in the Gibbs Cancer Center.

2006: On Nov. 14, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Regional Hospice Home was held. The $5.3 million Regional Hospice Home is the only hospital-based hospice home in the Upstate.

2015: The Hope Blooms luncheon celebrated 35 years of hospice care in the Spartanburg community by honoring hospice leaders and volunteers.

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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