Mercy Hospice is a proud member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. NHPCO represents over 80% of hospices nationwide. Over 90% of the patients served in 2002 received hospice care by NHPCO members.
A Brief History of Mercy Hospice:
Mercy Hospice and Palliative Care was formed in 1980 to bring a special program of caring to dying patients and their families. Organized by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and initially funded by both the Sisters and the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Mercy Hospice was welcomed into the Horry County Community. Mercy Hospice served its first patient in July of 1981. Since that time, Mercy has continued to grow and expand its services. In 1992, the agency obtained a license to operate a Home Health Care program for terminally ill persons. In 2004, Mercy Hospice expanded its mission to embrace a multi-disciplinary service, Palliative Care, that provides care to ease pain and distressing symptoms for individuals who have a chronic, life-limiting illness. In 1987, The Franciscan Sisters of Mary transferred the management of Mercy Hospice to SSM Health Care. SSM Health Care managed the agency for about 10 years and in 1997 transferred ownership of the hospice to a newly created corporation, Mercy Care. The Board of Directors of Mercy Care represents the major hospitals systems in Horry County: Conway Medical Center, Loris Healthcare Systems, and Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Through the guidance and active support of local persons serving on its community board, the agency has gained wide acceptance among professionals and within the broader communities it serves. – less–ZoomInfo