Why Give to Ogeechee Area Hospice
Ogeechee Area Hospice provides skilled and compassionate care to people with life-limiting illness, support to their families and service to the community. We carry out this important mission by caring for anyone in our service area who is hospice eligible, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay or insurance status.
Ogeechee Area Hospice is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation operated in the public interest and is the only not-for-profit hospice in our service region. As such, all resources are utilized for care and service. This means that there is no corporate stock and no shareholders to receive a profit from Ogeechee Area Hospice. The agency is operated by a volunteer board of directors, people who live and work in the communities that we serve. Our commitment and responsibility to our region as a not-for-profit agency is taken very seriously. Operating efficiently and effectively while demonstrating ethical fiscal responsibility is critical. Revenue earned and charitable gifts are utilized for the clinical operations of the agency, to fund the bereavement program, to fund and maintain our state-of-the-art inpatient center, and in planning future endeavors that will enhance end-of-life care in our community. Ogeechee Area Hospice is honored to have a strong and broad history of giving from businesses, service organizations and individuals in our service community.
Your gift helps in the following ways
- Patient Care: While Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance policies reimburse us for the clinical care provided, we often care for uninsured and underinsured patients. Ogeechee Area Hospice strives to give care ‘beyond regulatory guidelines’ to patients and their families. For example, an all RN nursing staff is employed in our home care and nursing home program. Our ratio of nurses, nursing assistants, social workers and chaplains per patient is optimal and often exceeds national standards, allowing for optimal patient contacts.
- Grief Support Services to the Community: Hospice regulations require a hospice to employ a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to oversee and provide limited bereavement services. Because Ogeechee Area Hospice offers much more grief support than what is required by Medicare, we employ additional individuals to provide these services. Grief support services include various support groups, day-camps for grieving children, holiday grief seminars, memorial services and more. These services are offered free of charge to anyone in our service area. Our trusted certified grief counselors are invited by area schools to give support to children after the death of a school-mate or teacher.
- New Program Development: Ogeechee Area Hospice seeks to change and grow in order to keep pace with the community’s needs. Donations assist to develop and maintain new programs and our Inpatient Center. For example, the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center was funded largely by community donations. Opened in 2005 this inpatient care setting has provided hundreds of patients, with complex care needs, a safe, home-like environment. However, insurance reimbursement does not cover the various costs related to utilities, meals, facility maintenance and security.
Opportunities for Giving
Every gift, large and small, is important to us. Your donation will help us fulfill our mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and his or her loved ones.
- Donations: Donations can be made as a general donation, in memory of someone, or in honor of a special person or group. A cash gift to support the mission of Ogeechee Area Hospice may be made online, or mailed to:
Ogeechee Area Hospice
PO Box 531
Statesboro, GA 30459
All donations are tax deductible.
Other Giving Opportunities to Consider Include:
- Gifts of Stock or Real Estate: Gifts of stock or real estate entitles the donor to a tax deduction for the market value of the donated stock.
- Gifts of Life Insurance: You may name a charity such as Ogeechee Area Hospice as a beneficiary of your policy.
- Gift Planning: Through "gift planning," an individual can help ensure that Ogeechee Area Hospice will broaden programs, build additional residential rooms in the Inpatient Center and continue to offer community outreach thereby meeting the unique needs of all who request end-of-life care and bereavement care—far into the future.