We only employ professional staff dedicated to providing quality patient care. Every applicant comes recommended to us by the medical community and undergoes a personal background check performed by the South Carolina State Police. We also verify professional and personal references, as well as prior employment history. All of our staff have backgrounds in end-of-life care and are committed to ensuring our patients and families are treated with the same dignity and compassion we give to our own families. We are so fortunate to have such a committed and passionate team to guide us and to provide our patients with additional support.
Medical Director, Dr. Charmaine George
Dr. George received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Brooklyn College in NY and her MD from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She specializes in Internal Medicine. She has served as a hospice Medical Director for a number of years and has a great deal of knowledge in oncology and hematology, as well as geriatric medicine. Dr. George currently serves as the Medical Director for several skilled nursing facilities in the Midlands area.
Unfortunately, we are not able to describe every member of our team, but we hope a summary of our staff’s experience will provide you with some comfort that you will be in good hands with Blue Ridge. We only employ Registered Nurses (RNs). While Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) can be excellent options in some care settings, we believe the expertise of RNs are necessary for quality care for our patients. We encourage our RNs to obtain a special certification in Hospice & Palliative Care. All of our nurses come to us with backgrounds in end-of-life care, whether this is from a hospital setting or another hospice provider. We hire experienced nurses and do not consider applicants that come to us without experience.
We believe to be a great social worker, one must have both appropriate training and substantial experience. Our social workers connect resources and provide emotional and psychosocial support to our patients and families. While appropriate training is a necessity to perform the duties of a social worker, nothing can substitute for years of experience. Therefore, we only employ social workers that have substantial experience dealing with patients and families in end-of-life care settings.
Chaplains encounter a wide range of faiths and spiritual beliefs. Our Chaplains will provide support to our patients and families based on the personal faith and beliefs of the patient and/or family. Our chaplains typically have experience working in a church, which provides a vast array of experience serving the needs of a congregation. This includes supporting members at the end of their life and even overseeing their funeral services. Our chaplains also assist in bereavement counseling provided to our families.
We only employ Patient Care Assistants that are licensed by the State of South Carolina. Using licensed staff helps ensure quality patient care and our patient’s safety. Our nursing assistants receive continuing education throughout their employment and receive supervisory RN oversight every two weeks.