We are committed to improving and supporting quality of life in all that we do.
Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) partners with you and your family to provide excellent care and improve your quality of life. We support your desire to live as independently as possible for as long as possible and will work with you every step of the way to monitor your safety. Our goal is to help you remain wherever you call home, in familiar surroundings whenever possible.
Through the work of the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) Foundation, northeast Georgia will soon have an alternative to at-home and inpatient hospice care – by raising an additional 5 million dollars to build a Hospice House. This Hospice House will provide an alternative place for care, where specialized medical staff will be available 24 hours a day to manage symptoms and pain, help create a warm environment for visitors, and a compassionate home for those experiencing one of life’s most sacred moments.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of care. Hospice care is palliative, which means it focuses on patient comfort and quality of life. Most of our patients are cared for in the comfort of their homes or in the home-like setting of choice such as a nursing home, personal care home or assisted living residence. If a symptom is difficult to manage in the home, a patient may be admitted to a hospital for short-term symptom management. But it is our goal to help patients remain at home in familiar surroundings, whenever possible.
Hospice care is available for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, regardless of the type of illness. There is also no age requirement. Hospice serves patients living with a number of different illnesses including, but not limited to: cancer, Alzheimer’s/dementia, renal disease, liver disease, AIDS, heart disease, COPD, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center cares for individuals of all ages, from newborns to senior adults.
Medicare and Medicaid cover hospice services at 100%. Most private insurance companies have a hospice benefit. For patients without insurance, Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center social workers can assist with an application for financial assistance. We are committed to providing care regardless of ability to pay.
We want to be STARS in your home. We want to provide excellent Service with an exceptional response, be a dependable Team player with you and your family, have Attitudes that are kind and compassionate, Respect you and your family as being the only ones who matter in the moment, and provide Safe care and teach safety measures for your home.
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Our personalized services provide a caring community so you and your loved one can make necessary preparations for the end of life. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever your loved one calls home. Our hospice team provides comfort to you and your loved one to address physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Advance care planning involves talking with your loved ones about what you desire if you become seriously ill. It is important to have an advance care planning conversation with your loved ones, so they will know what medical care you desire, especially if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Our Grief Support Team offers services to the families that we have served as well as the larger community. We will be by your side following the loss of a loved one to help provide grief support.
Camp Braveheart is a day camp, provided at no cost, for children and youth who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member. The program is carefully designed to help children and youth learn to cope with the complicated emotions that arise from the death of a loved one.
In hospice, complementary services enhance the work of the primary care team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, etc.
Hospice of NGMC is a proud partner of We Honor Veterans, a national project developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The main focus of hospice is on improving quality and comfort of remaining life. Most of our patients are cared for in the comfort of their homes or in the home-like setting of choice such as a nursing home, personal care home or assisted living residence. If a symptom is difficult to manage in the home, a patient may be admitted to a hospital for short-term symptom management; however, it is the goal of hospice to help patients remain at home, in their familiar surroundings, when possible.
Hospice of NGMC serves patients living with a number of different illnesses, including but not limited to cancer, Alzheimer’s/dementia, heart disease, and COPD.
Benefits & Resources
- We are Northeast Georgia Health System’s dedicated hospice team serving patients for 30+ years.
- Hospice of NGMC received the annual Hospice Elite award for two consecutive years.
- You, the patient, caregivers and with your Primary Physician will oversee your hospice care.
- We offer in-home consultations at no cost to patients.
- Medicare & Medicaid cover hospice services at 100%.
- We have designated nurse staffing for after hour, weekend & holiday care.
- We offer a range of complementary services to help improve patients’ quality of life.
Hospice Honors Elite
Hospice of NGMC receives this special recognition by scoring above the national and local average on all quality measures. This prestigious annual review recognizes hospices that continually provide the highest level of quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
Donate to Hospice
Giving to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center helps families right here in our region spend their precious time together, not in and out of doctors offices. We accept all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, providing care that’s been recognized as a Hospice Honors Elite for going above national and regional quality measures. 100% of your donation goes directly towards programs and services that benefit our hospice patients and their families.
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“Everybody thinks that hospice is about the patient. People don’t realize that this runs so much deeper than the patient. It runs through the family.”– Hospice of NGMC Patient
How do I get started?
Complete the contact form above or call 770-219-8888 to speak with our Access Center Nurse. She will walk you through what is needed to begin care. We would be honored to be chosen to walk through this journey with you or your family member.
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