Ogeechee Area Hospice will reveal a surprise Thursday during its 25th anniversary celebration. The public is invited to join Hospice volunteers, staff and patient families in the event commemorating a quarter century of service and partnership with the community.
Ogeechee Area Hospice, a volunteer organization governed by a board of directors, is “the first and only nonprofit hospice in the area,” said Tinker Lanier, manager of marketing and donations for the facility.
It was founded by Nancy Bryant in 1994 with $50,000 of seed money from Bulloch Memorial Hospital and the blessing of Ogeechee Home Health Agency, which was started in 1974.
Ogeechee Area Hospice offers caregiving services and counseling to patients with terminal illnesses who have been given six months or less to live, she said. The patients’ families are also included in the counseling and other services, “based on spirituality, she said. Services can continue for up to 13 months for family members after the death of a loved one.
Volunteers and staff including nurses and CNAs provide baths, daily assistance and help dispense medications in the homes of about 85 percent of patients. They also serve people in nursing and retirement homes, health facilities and in the Ogeechee Area Hospice house as well, she said.
The staff includes chaplains and social workers as well. Ogeechee Area Hospice serves portions of eight counties (Jenkins, Screven, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Bryan and Effingham), helping patients who live within 50 miles of the main location in Statesboro, Lanier said.
She did not disclose the nature of the surprise announcement, but said the public is invited for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m., with the special announcement at 6 p.m. in the community room at Ogeechee Area Hospice at 200 Donehoo Street in Statesboro. There is no charge, she said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.