We as a community are truly indebted to the founders of this special organization. They had the foresight to recognize they were on the brink of an important national movement. Many of those early decisions have guided this organization and have resulted in making it the strong program that it is today. First, HospiceCare of the Piedmont has remained focused and mission driven. The mission has always been paramount: to deliver the best quality of end of life care and to support families of the dying. In addition, the organization has remained focused on our community. HospiceCare of the Piedmont has been led and supported by members of the local communities we serve. Over the last 30 years, our organization has evolved and grown but those two principles have remained constant.
We are thankful for the support of our physicians and medical communities, our volunteers, employees, donors and our leaders. We pay tribute to over 10,000 families that have been served by our hospice.
We look toward the future with great optimism in spite of the challenges ahead. Appropriately, we look back over some of the achievements over the past 30 years:
1981 – HospiceCare of the Piedmont (then Hospice of Greenwood) accepts first patient
– First volunteer training class of 12 was held.
1985 – Licensed by the state of South Carolina
1989 – Hospice of Greenwood became financially independent from Self Memorial Hospital
– Medicare licenser and Civil Rights compliance were in place
– Nancy Corley was hired as the Executive Director
1991 – Board of Directors voted to expand services to include Saluda County
1992 – First annual Festival of Trees
1993 – Name was changed to HospiceCare of the Piedmont to reflect the region served
1995 – Applied to DHEC for a Certificate of Need to operate a home health program to serve the terminally ill
– Nancy Corley, Executive Director, was elected as the first South Carolina President for the two-state association, Hospice for the Carolinas.
– HospiceCare was approved as Medicaid provider
1996 – First children’s bereavement camp was offered with over 30 kids in attendance
– HomeCare program was licensed
1998 – Office was moved to current West Alexander location
2000 – A record number of 339 patients were served
2004 – Ground breaking for 15-bed Hospice House (only the second in SC)
2005 – Hospice House alone served 246 patients in the first year of operation
2008 – Hospice Store in Greenwood opened
– Palliative Care Medical Service was formed between Self Regional Healthcare and HospiceCare of the Piedmont
2010 – Hospice Store in Abbeville opened
2011 – HospiceCare of the Piedmont celebrates 30 years