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.
We have three physicians that provide guidance and direction for the hospice team. They work with your existing doctors and nurses to ensure seamless support or can be the patients’ primary physicians, if desired. We have three excellent physicians at Beacon Hospice, all of whom are Hospice and Palliative Certified:
Mt. Pleasant: Dr. Corynne A Boyer, D.O., an Internal Medicine Specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated with honors from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.
Murrells Inlet: Dr. Lisa Tarbert, M.D., who graduated from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and performed her residency at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.
Sumter: Dr. J. William Powell, M.D., who graduated with honors from Medical University Of South Carolina College Of Medicine in 2006
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 Beacon. 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 Hospice Aides that are certified by the State of South Carolina. Using certified 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.