Swing Fore Hospice 2021

The Hospice Care Foundation of the Piedmont is holding its 2nd Annual “Swing Fore Hospice” Golf Tournament on October 19, 2021, at the Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood, SC.

This will be a Four-Person Captain’s Choice (scramble format). This format will have flights based upon team handicaps with an 8:30 AM or 1:00 PM shotgun start. To reserve your team’s spot, please complete and return the REGISTRATION FORM.

If you would be interested in sponsoring this event, more information may be found HERE or by contacting us at 864.227.9393.

We are excited to host our second Golf Tournament! Your participation in this special event will allow us to maintain our commitment to bring comfort and support to anyone who needs it, regardless of their financial means throughout our 7-county service area. Thank you!

Announcing Nancy Corley’s Retirement from Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont Board of Directors is announcing that Nancy Corley will be retiring at the end of the year. She has led the organization as its President and CEO for 32 years. In 1989 when Nancy started at Hospice, there were 4 employees and about a dozen volunteers. There were also less than 10 hospices in the state of South Carolina. The organization was located in loaned office space at the Self Memorial Hospital Personnel Residence and totally reliant on donations to fund care.

The community non-profit, which is celebrating 40 years of service to the area, has developed into one of the most successful hospice organizations in the state. In 1998, the program re-located to its current location in Greenwood on West Alexander Avenue in the Medical District.

Throughout her tenure, Nancy has been recognized and active in both state and national hospice efforts. She was one of the first hospice administrators to be certified in SC. She feels Hospice has truly been her passion for over 30 years.

She reports one of her proudest achievements was working with a small number of Hospice Directors and DHEC to draft legislation and regulations to establish Hospice Inpatient Facilities in SC.  Then in 2005, with generous support and funding from the community, only the second Hospice Inpatient Facility in
SC opened in the Lakelands region in Greenwood. Since then over 5,000 families in the community have received care at the Hospice House.

In addition, the organization has expanded to offer Palliative Care services, which helps to meet the medical needs of many in the community living with chronic and advanced illness. These medical services are provided in the hospital, clinic and in the patient’s home. In 2020, Nancy was awarded the State Innovation in Palliative Care Award for the development of local Palliative Care initiatives.

According to Nancy, her main goal has always been to assure that our Hospice provides the highest quality of care. It is important that care provided by our Hospice be of equal or higher quality than provided in hospices in large communities.

When asked what has kept her in her position this long, she responds quickly, “the people.” Nancy added, “I’ve had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of the most caring and generous people. The staff, volunteers and board members that do this work are people who really care and want to make a difference.”

Nancy reports the leadership for the non-profit has been exceptional. She has only worked with 3 medical directors and 4 clinical leaders during her tenure. All of them have been experts in hospice care and have been extremely committed to the mission of the organization.

“I am truly appreciative for all of the support I have received over the years.” She gives much of the credit to the Hospice team. “I will truly miss all of the staff, donors, and volunteers and value all of the friendships that I have developed over the years.”

In terms of what the future holds for Hospice, continuing community education will be important to assure that patients get the right care at the right time. So many people feel that accepting care from hospice means giving up. It is exactly the opposite; it’s about living your best life for as long as you can with special care and support.

Nancy plans to live in Charleston and enjoy more time with her family including her five granddaughters. She has spent her whole life in Greenwood and plans to stay connected with family and friends. In the future, you might even see her gardening at the Hospice House.

She is going to make time to volunteer for non-profits and continue to be of service. “I have been blessed with so many wonderful opportunities and am looking forward to see how God will continue to use me.”

The Hospice Board of Directors has started efforts to recruit a new CEO.