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Published on May 08, 2015

Spartanburg Regional Foundation Honors Hospice 35 Years of Hospice with Special Event

Hope Blooms for Hospice recognizes local hospice heroes

Hospice helps patients and their families during difficult and sensitive times; providing support as they face the emotional, social and spiritual impact of illness and loss. In celebration of 35 years of Spartanburg Regional Hospice, the Spartanburg Regional Foundation is honoring Hospice at a luncheon called Hope Blooms on May 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Spartanburg Marriott.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to create a new event that will celebrate the good work of hospice and provide a wonderful venue to tell the hospice story,” said Kristy Caradori, Foundation Executive Director.

The event will honor James Bearden, MD, Charles Boone, Roberta Jennings, NP; and Julian Josey, MD;  for their dedication to hospice care in the Spartanburg community since its inception in 1980.

“These people were visionaries. They understood how important it was that our community has a hospice home; a place where patients can be comfortable and cared for at the end-of-life when symptom management issues dictate that they can’t be cared for in their own home,” said Linda Harris, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Event proceeds will benefit the Hospice Special Needs Fund, which provides financial assistance to hospice patients in need and supports program enhancements such as bereavement services.

“It’s hard to have a good end-of-life experience when the house is without heat or the refrigerator is empty,” Harris said. “The Hospice Special Needs Fund gives us the ability to help. When we see a need, we fill it. No one has to face the end of life alone, we are here to help. ”

The hospice program serves more than 1,000 patients a year.

“Our hospice staff and volunteers feel privileged to care for our patients and their loved ones at such a critical time in their lives,” said Shelly Sinclair, Spartanburg Regional Foundation Director of Philanthropy and hospice liaison.

Volunteers are important to the hospice program. They visit with patients, help with clerical work, care for the grounds or give the hospice homes a warm and welcoming feel.

“The foundation is so happy to celebrate 35 years of hospice through this very special event,” Caradori said. “We are proud to recognize Dr. Bearden, Mr. Boone, Ms. Jennings, and Dr. Josey for their leadership in bringing this important resource to our area.”      

For more information on Hope Blooms, please visit

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 and support of community programs and services that share Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s 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. 


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