Agapé Celebrates Summerville Hospice House Ground-Breaking
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Joe Nester
Agapé Hospice, one of the largest providers of hospice services in South Carolina and the largest provider of inpatient hospice care in the state, is hosted a Ground-Breaking Ceremony for its 30 private room, 20,000 square foot Hospice House.
Founder and developer, Scott Middleton explains that a hospice house providing inpatient care, is critical to the overall delivery of hospice services for patients. According to Middleton, "98% of hospice care is provided in a patient’s home, however, hospice companies are required to provide an inpatient solution. Agapé Hospice has always been and will continue to provide this service either through contracted services with hospitals, nursing facilities or in our own hospice houses."
The Agapé Summerville Hospice House will be the third hospice house in South Carolina for the company and upon completion, will increase their available beds to over 75 for inpatient stays. Middleton explains, "We do not consider other hospice providers as competition because currently less than 40% of all patients who qualify for hospice services ever receive end-of life care in South Carolina. In fact, hospice is designed for an average length of stay of six months, but in South Carolina, the average length of stay is just over 70 days. The state, along with all hospice providers, have an obligation to ensure people are aware of their hospice benefits and are given every opportunity to receive proper end-of life care."
According to Middleton, the Summerville project has a projected completion date of spring, 2019, but licensure and certification can sometimes take an additional six months. Agapé Hospice is looking forward to when their new facility will start meeting the inpatient care needs of residents throughout the Greater Charleston area.