November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Posted on 10/28/2016

This month, Palmetto Health will be joining organizations across the nation in reaching out and raising awareness about the importance of hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that patients and families need most when a cure is not possible. This specialized quality care helps many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Palmetto Health Hospice offers the support of a devoted team of medical professionals and caring volunteers who provide medical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients of all ages. Our programs also provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and their families. Care is provided in the home, hospital, long-term care or residential facility for those patients who qualify. Our hospices enable families to remain together in peace, comfort and dignity.

Emil Mitchell, regional director, Palmetto Health Hospice, said, “It’s important for us to be remembered by our patients and families as providing the care and compassion they deserve as we help them navigate the end-of-life process with their loved ones. Our goal is to exceed our patients’ and family members’ expectations to provide the best quality of life at the end of life which includes optimal pain and symptom management.”

Palmetto Health has three hospice offices that serve 16 counties in South Carolina. For more information about hospice, palliative care, advance care planning and volunteers, call Palmetto Health Hospice Columbia office at 803-296-3100, our Newberry office at 803-405-0808 and our Sumter office at 803-773-4663. More information about the hospice program also can be found at

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit or call 803-296-CARE (2273).


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