McLeod Hospice expands to Sumter, Clarendon

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McLeod Hospice is has announced its expansion of hospice care to patients and families living in Clarendon and Sumter counties.

The McLeod Hospice team is led by Associate Medical Director Robert Eagerton. The doctor has more than 10 years of experience caring for Hospice patients. The team also includes Cindi Barnett, patient care coordinator, Shannon Mims, hospice nurse, Esta Gilley, chaplain, Stacy Mosier, volunteer coordinator, and Barry Dean, social worker.

"Our mission is to provide services that not only relieve physical symptoms, such as pain, but also the emotional and spiritual pain of the patient and their family that often accompanies a terminal illness," Eagerton said. "Our primary purpose is to help patients live with their illness while maintaining the highest quality of life for as long as possible. In addition, hospice care is provided in the home, enabling families to remain together in peace, comfort, and dignity."

Caring for patients in the region for more than 35 years, McLeod Hospice helps patients live the remainder of their lives as fully as possible. The team's experience includes guiding the patient's family through that time with their loved one by supporting them physically, emotionally and spiritually. As a nonprofit organization, McLeod ensures all patients receive care regardless of their ability to pay.

The goal of McLeod Hospice is to allow patients with terminal illnesses to spend their final months at home - in familiar surroundings - with their family and friends nearby. Understanding this is not always possible, McLeod Hospice also cares for patients who are hospitalized or living in long-term care facilities and gives inpatient care for acutely ill patients at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.

Hospice care may be appropriate for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and are considered to be in the advancing stages of their condition. Some of these diseases include: heart disease, congestive heart failure, COPD, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, stroke, cancer and Parkinson's disease.

McLeod Hospice serves patients in Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

The new office in Clarendon County is located at, 619 South Mill Street in Manning. To contact McLeod Hospice, call (803) 433-3080.