Hospice affiliate speak to local Kiwanis Club


The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro continues to be educated on various topics by guest speakers. The group’s latest meeting on Tuesday, February 1, at Rustic Grill saw one woman from a local healthcare organization come forward and divulge information about hospice care.


Kiwanian Wanda Ellis hosted the program and thus introduced Elizabeth Way, director of health services at PruittHealth Hospice.


According to Way, hospice care is provided to terminally ill patients and their families. The goal is to allow patients and families to spend time together before transition occurs. PruittHealth Hospice covers a large service area, including Swainsboro, and now renders help to 74 patients.


Along with aids and a chaplain, PruittHealth employs two full-time on-call nurses. This team of care providers works together for the patient and family 24 hours a day, seven days a week, be it in a patient’s home, a hospital, a nursing home, or a private hospice facility.


Funding for hospice, Way explained, is provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies.


She also informed the Kiwanians that PruittHealth provides palliative care as well. This kind of care begins at diagnosis and continues through treatment; hospice care differs in that it begins after treatment has stopped.


In other meeting news, Cassie McIntyre won the coconut cake donated by Frank Patrick. Jim Daughtry won the pizza donated by Domino’s, and John David Bailey won the basket provided by President Dianna Wedincamp.


President Wedincamp called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. shortly after the entire group of 30 attendees—including one dialed in via Zoom—arrived.


To become a member of the Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro, contact Membership Chair Jane Durden at 478-494-4113 or e-mail her at hsdurden@bellsouth.net. For more information about Swainsboro Kiwanis Club and the many community service projects it does each year, go to http://www.swainsborokiwanis.org or visit the club’s Facebook page.

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