The New Face of Hospice in Central Georgia

Our Mission

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Agape Hospice of Northeast Georgia promises to provide the standard of care that all Georgians are promised and deserve.  Agape Hospice will provide compassionate and high quality end of life care to our fellow Georgians.  This care will be provided through fully equipped inpatient hospice centers.  Our mission is to ensure that each patient will receive a complete program of physical, emotional, and spiritual care as well as 24 hour close monitoring.  They will be staffed by our team of dedicated hospice professionals who will put our patients first regardless of their ability to pay. Agape Hospice will be the new face of Hospice in Georgia.

“To partner with families and friends as they search for peace, courage, dignity, and quality of care during their final season of life.”

We realize that the entire family is affected, that is why we take into account the Spiritual, Physical and Emotional needs of our patients and their families.  We want to be there for you and your family.  We all come to the end of our lives by different roads, but we all must walk one road home.  We at Agape Hospice want to walk that road with you to ensure a most peaceful journey.

 

Hospice Services

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Agape Hospice of Northeast Georgia promises to provide the standard of care that all Georgians are eligible for and deserve.  Our care will be fully compliant with Georgia State and Medicare rules and regulations as required.  We will care for your loved ones with professional and experienced hospice staff including Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Certified Nursing Assistants, Spiritual Care Coordinators, Counselors, Physicians, Volunteers and more.

Our professional staff and volunteers work with the patient and their family circle to customize the best plan of care possible utilizing these services.

  • In-patient hospice units for acute care needs and/or scheduled family or caregiver respite and symptom control
  • Bereavement support and follow-up for family and friends
  • Medical equipment such as hospital beds, oxygen, wheelchairs and more
  • Medications and medical supplies needed to keep patients comfortable and stable in support of their hospice diagnosis
  • Access to care professionals 24 hours a day for patient and family

In-Patient Hospice Care

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In-Patient Hospice Care coming soon!

Hospice Floor Plan

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Administration Profile

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Peter K. Lee, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lee has over 20 years experience in end-of-life care hospice programs. He has been a medical director for major national hospice companies, including Vista Care Hospice, Gentiva’s Healthfield Hospice, Portsbridge Hospice, and Vitas Hospice.  He is also a Chairman for Doctor’s Hospice, Inc., which is a not-for-profit organization providing compassionate care to Georgians with terminal illnesses. The organization’s goal is to provide such care through a fully-equipped inpatient hospice center in every county in Georgia.

Dr. Lee is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and also in Anatomic Pathology. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent Medical Center affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and finished a residency in Pathology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Lee is currently a Managing Partner and a Physician Member of Gwinnett Multi-Specialty Clinic and New Hope Medical Center. He was the Medical Director for Lake City Nursing Home, Sunbridge Nursing Home, and Arrowhead Nursing and Rehabilitation. He also works as the Chief Executive Officer for Atlanta Healthcare Property Consultants.

George W. West

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

At present, Mr. West works as the Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Atlanta Healthcare Property Consultants, a position he has held for the last eight years. Simultaneously with this position, he works as a Practice Administrator for Dr. Peter Lee. There, he oversees physician relations, strategy planning, service development, marketing, and outcomes management.

Mr. West also has experience working as President and Chief Financial Officer of SLW Management where he was in charge of operational and administrative duties, such as financial management, service quality control, strategy planning and marketing. He also serves as a Director and Chief Financial Officer for Doctor’s Hospice, Inc., Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Mr. West also worked for 13 years as the President, owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Ancillary Services and for 13 years as the President and owner of Medical Nucleonic. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in nuclear medicine, he also earned an Associate’s degree in applied technology. Mr. West served in the United States Navy for a period of four years. 

 

Volunteer

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Be a volunteer for Agape Hospice! Both administrative and patient contact opportunities exist for the interested person to donate their time for someone in need of extra time and care. Please come to our office in Macon or one of our In-Patient Units to discuss your interest with us or call us at (478) 746-8885.

Careers

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FAQ's

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Is Hospice only for patients with cancer?

  • Hospice is for any patient with a terminal illness, which includes cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiac, lung or kidney disease, among others.

Is Hospice a place?

  • Hospice is a program of care and it is provided wherever the patient lives.

Does Hospice only provide care for the last days of life?

  • No one can predict exactly when the end of life will occur. Admitting criteria for hospice includes the physician certifying that a patient has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less to live, if the disease runs it’s normal course.  The disease may not run it’s normal course and the patient may live longer than six months.  The patient may remain on hospice.  Hospice care is more effective with pain management and comfort with early involvement..

Does Hospice provide euthanasia to patients?

  • The goal of hospice is to provide the patient with quality of life.  Hospice does nothing  to shorten life, but allows the disease process to take its natural course while providing pain management and comfort measures.

Does Hospice let people starve to death?

  • Food and fluid are always offered. During the dying process, food can actually be more painful rather than enjoyable. Hospice honors the wishes of the patient.

Do I have to sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) to be on hospice?

  • A DNR is not required. Hospice does not take away choices. We have changed our decision from DNR to AND (Allow Natural Death) because that is more what we do in support of the families’ and patient’s wishes. We are here to answer your questions and to help you to understand the choices you have made.

Are all Patients put on morphine when death is close?

  • Morphine is often used for pain control, but not always. It depends on the degree of the patient’s pain at any given time.

Can Morphine stop a patient’s breathing?

  • Morphine is the drug of choice for breathing distress. It makes a patient with breathing difficulties more comfortable. For a patient to stop breathing because of morphine is extremely rare. Hospice starts patients out on small doses and titrates the amount (adjusts the concentration) increased in small, appropriate steps.

Are Patients on morphine too sleepy to function?

  • When morphine is first started it may cause a sedative effect, but usually within 72 hours the patient adjusts and is no longer drowsy. Patients are often more alert because of their pain relief.

Should a patient wait until pain is bad to take morphine so it will be more effective when it is needed?

  • One of the benefits of morphine is that there is no “ceiling” and it can be adjusted according to the patient’s needs.

If a patient takes morphine, will they become addicted?

  • Morphine is used to control pain. Once the patient’s pain is under control they do not desire more opioids, only that amount that is necessary to make them comfortable.

Does Hospice provide 24-hour care?

  • Hospice care is intermittent. When 24-hour care is required, hospice assists the family in finding placement for the patient.

If a patient lives alone, are they ineligible for hospice?

  • As long as the patient is safe, he/she may live alone. Once it is no longer safe hospice will assist with finding home assistance or other placement.

Once on Hospice, can a patient continue seeing their primary care physician?

  • Your physician may remain the primary physician for you. Our medical director is also available to assist with pain and symptom management.

Do patients still go to the doctor or the hospital if on hospice?

  • One of the advantages of hospice care is that the patient does not have to make frequent trips to the doctor’s office. However, on occasion, hospitalization may be required for certain situations regarding hospice care or for medical issues that are not related to the hospice diagnosis.

Will Hospice change or discontinue all medications when admitted?

  • The medications are reviewed by the medical director with recommendations according to the patient’s symptoms and medical needs. The staff and the patient work together to determine what works best for each individual patient.

When a patient is put on hospice, do they no longer have hope?

  • While there may not be hope of a cure, hospice helps the patient to have hope as it relates to his/her terminal illness. Hospice makes the journey easier for both the patient and family.

Hawkinsville

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3 Ashford Way

Hawkinsville, GA 31036

Phone 478-783-4812

Fax 478-783-4814

 

•Built in 2011

Building consists of 11,000 sq ft 

Tenant - Doctor’s Hospice of Georgia

Area Hospital:  Taylor Regional Hospital

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Taylor Regional Hospital  

Located directly across Truman Road from the Hospice, Taylor Regional Hospital is a private, not-for-profit facility governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Chartered in 1936, Taylor Regional Hospital operates from a 14,000 square foot outpatient surgery and ancillary center, boasts annual gross revenue of over $65,000,000, and employs nearly 500, with an annual payroll exceeding $21,000,000. Taylor Regional Hospital has received awards for Outstanding Hospital of the Year from Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year from Georgia Rural Health Association, and most recently was named Hospital of the Year by GACH.

Cordele

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1329 N. 5th St Ext

Cordele, GA 31015

Phone 229-273-6939

Fax 229-273-6938

  

•Built in 2011

Building consists of 11,000 sq ft 

Tenant - Doctor's Hospice of Georgia

Area Hospital:  Crisp Regional Health Services

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Crisp Regional Health Services

Located 2/5 mile south of the Doctor's Hospice facility, Crisp Regional Hospital provides patients with the latest advances in medical technology, state-of-the-art imaging services, non-invasive cardio diagnostic services, and rehabilitative services including occupational, physical, speech, and respiratory therapies. The main hospital facility offers 73 licensed patient beds, 61 private patient rooms, 16 intensive care rooms, 8 birthing rooms, and 7 outpatient surgery rooms, all housed in 102,000 sq. ft. on 11 beautiful acres.

Home Hospice Care

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Agape Hospice of Northeast Georgia provides home hospice care services including but not limited to Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Certified Nursing Assistants, Spiritual Care Coordinators, Volunteers and Physicians.

We understand that for many patients, they receive comfort being at home. We support your decision to keep your loved at home as long as possible. Should the need arise; we can transfer the patient to our in-patient facility for continued care. Once the situation stabilizes the patient may return home to the surrounding that make them most comfortable.

Agape Hospice of Northeast Georgia is licensed to provide home care in the following counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Crawford, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Macon, Newton, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Schley, Spalding, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Twiggs, Upson, Wilcox and Wilkerson.

Agape Hospice of Northeast Georgia is licensed by the State of Georgia, license # 007-0309-H.

Monticello

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Opening Soon!

811 East Greene Street

Monticello, Georgia  30164

Built in 2015

Building consists of 11,000 sq ft 

Tenant - Monticello Facility Development Company, LLC/ Agape Hospice of Northeast Georgia, Inc.

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Contact Us

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3312 Northside Drive

Macon, GA 31210

Main - (478) 746 - 8885

Fax - (478) 477 - 5000

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