#what do hospices do
What We Do
Hospice is a vital part of the continuum of care that is available to seriously ill patients and their families. Neither hastening nor postponing dying, Hospice strives to bring quality of life and comfort to patients. Just as doctors and midwives lend support and expertise during childbirth, Hospice provides care and knowledge during the dying process.
Hospice Community Care provides comprehensive management of physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients. The goal of care is to achieve the best possible quality of life through relief of suffering, control of symptoms and restoration of function capacity.
Locally, hospice care began in 1985 due to the efforts of community leaders in response to one woman’s struggle with cancer and her desire to remain at home until her death. Hospice Community Care has seen similar stories played out over our 20 year history having served thousands of patients and their families. Today, Hospice Community Care serves residents of a six county area including York, Chester, Lancaster Cherokee, Fairfield and Union counties in South Carolina. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Hospice Community Care currently utilizes a vast team of professional staff and over 250 community volunteers to compassionately care for more than 100 patients each day. In 2008 Hospice Community Care moved on the Hospice Community Care campus in Rock Hill which houses the Community Building and the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House.
Mission, Vision, Values
Through an interdisciplinary, medically directed team of professionals and volunteers physical, social, emotional and spiritual support is provided to patients and their families. The care is expressly tailored to each patient’s needs and wishes and is focused on treating the person, not the disease. Teams include a physician, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, grief counselors, clergy and volunteers. Hospice Community Care also provides a broad range of programs, educational seminars and counseling opportunities to help hospice families and the community cope with grief and loss.
The mission of Hospice Community Care is to give hope, comfort and compassion to our community when needed most.
Our vision for the future is to remain the area’s first and best choice in the services that we provide.
Our shared values of integrity, stewardship, compassion, quality, teamwork and innovation guide our organization and form the foundation of who we are and what we believe.
Hospice Community Care is led by a volunteer board of directors, representative of our community and those we serve. We recognize the trust you have placed in us and pledge to uphold the mission of Hospice Community Care and to be faithful stewards of the resources so generously shared with us.
Jane Armstrong, RN MN Executive Director
Meet our Executive Director
Jane Armstrong has been the Executive Director of Hospice Community Care since 1998. Under her leadership, Hospice Community Care has grown from a small group of volunteers and staff into the leading not-for-profit community-based hospice in the area. Hospice Community Care employs more than 90 people and cares for hundreds of patients and families each year in our community. Under Jane’s leadership Hospice Community Care has become known for its innovation and dedication to moving forward the mission of the organization. At the end of 2007 Hospice Community Care moved onto its new $12 million campus which houses the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House. The move represented the completion of 10 years of planning and fundraising by Jane, Hospice staff and the Hospice Community Care Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Kathy Patrick Wilson – President
Kyle Curtis- Vice President
Anne Weeks – Secretary
Harvey Heise – Treasurer