Dr. Stephen Schmidt

Hospice Experience: 17 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I have always felt that how we face death is just as important as how we face life.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? Local ownership allows us to focus on our patients first instead of profits, which tends to be the focus of corporate medicine.

Deena Latargia, RN

Administrator

Hospice Experience: 15 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? Hospice has given me the opportunity to advocate for terminally ill patients, support them in their time of need, and stand beside them and their families to ensure presence and comfort during the most difficult time of their lives.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? SouthEast Hospice’s philosophy of care, provision of the highest standard of care, and always putting the patient’s needs first. I’m privileged to work with an incredibly talented hospice team and a Medical Director with expert knowledge, skills, compassion, and integrity to provide the best hospice services in the greater Augusta area.

Tamara Pope, RN

Patient Care Manager

Hospice Experience: 10 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? If I can do one thing to comfort someone as they are preparing to leave this world, then I feel like I have done something good.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I really appreciate the approach that each patient is unique, and our care should be customized to that person and family.

 

Kevin Burton

Director of Finance

Hospice Experience: 3 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I wanted to help in providing comfort to individuals in some of their most difficult times.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? SouthEast Hospice was founded on the principle of putting the patient’s needs first.  Their patient-centric and family-oriented approach to hospice care is truly unique.

Kara Hawkins

HR/Office Manager

Hospice Experience: 7 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? To provide compassionate care and love for someone’s last days the way they should be.  My grandfather was a victim of poor hospice care and I wanted to do my part to change that for someone else.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I love SouthEast Hospice because the team we have whole-heartedly loves what they do. We are a family, and it shows in the care we provide.

Martie Cox

Patient Care Coordinator

Hospice Experience: 14 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I love to help people.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I like working for SouthEast Hospice because the company cares for their employees and their patients always come first.

Tammie Smith

Community Educator

Hospice Experience: 11 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I love knowing that I get to help patients and families each and every day.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? The philosophy of SouthEast Hospice is the same as mine – take care of the patients and families first and foremost, and everything else will take care of itself.

Judy Burkle, LSCW

Social Worker

Hospice Experience: 22 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I chose hospice because when we help those at the end of life, we are helping those who survive for a life time. A good death matters.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I enjoy the close team and their focus on providing excellent care.

Danny Moran, LSCW

Social Worker

Hospice Experience: 9 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I interned at the Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program in Graduate School and became interested in providing support to patients and family caregivers throughout their care process.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? The team values the whole-care picture. Importance is placed, not just on the medical aspect of hospice care, but the psychosocial and spiritual health and support of the patient and the family as a whole.

Christie McTier

Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator

Hospice Experience: 11 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? While completing my residency, hospice fell in my lap – I like to say hospice chose me.  I believe my gifts match up with what hospice calls for and I am honored to serve our community.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? SouthEast is hands down the best hospice company I have ever worked with because everyone here is focused on doing what is best for the patients and families – it’s the heartbeat of what we do.

Sok Hwee Tay

Volunteer Coordinator/Music Therapist

Hospice Experience: 4 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? My father was diagnosed with liver cancer and was on hospice for two months before he passed away. Hospice made a huge difference to not only my father but also the entire family. I chose hospice because of the difference it made in my life and now I hope to be able to give by walking with our patients and their families through this difficult time.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? The exceptional care that is being provided to our patients and their family. We have a team that works so well together with the goal of providing the best for the families that we work with.

Kayla Perdue, RN

Case Manager

Hospice Experience: 1 year

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? Working as an RN for 4 years, I saw so many end-of-life experiences that lacked appropriate knowledge and education. I became driven to learn more about palliative care and helping my patients and families have an end-of-life experience they desired.  I wanted to make sure their wishes were met, they were comfortable, and the patients and the families were well taken care of.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I began my career at Southeast in September or 2020 and I can honestly say I have found my calling.  I love my job, my patients, and my coworkers. I have never been a part of such an amazing team – they are truly selfless.  Each person brings a special skill set to the table to ensure our patients and family the best care out there.

Brooke Edwards, RN

Case Manager

Hospice Experience: 2.5 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? I chose to get into hospice due to previous experience that saw some patients pass during hospital stays while undergoing futile treatments simply because they were never told about palliative care.  That felt so unfair and led me towards the calling to advocate for this particular demographic of patients.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? Southeast has a unique way of understanding the true meaning of hospice, and always makes sure that our patients are well cared for.

Angelica Shealy, RN

Case Manager

Hospice Experience: 2.5 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice?  I did not have plans to become a hospice nurse but after working closely with SouthEast Hospipce as an RN Supervisor in long-term care, I felt a pull to hospice after becoming familiar with the hospice philosophy. The SouthEast Hospice team stood out from every other hospice that I had worked with in the past.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I love that each and every member of our team goes above and beyond for every patient and family each and every time.

Brenda Haislip, RN

Case Manager

Hospice Experience: 14 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice?  I chose hospice because it is important to me that people have the best end-of-life experience possible, and it is rewarding to be involved with making that possible.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? The people at Southeast care about the patients and each other!

Corley Gilpin, RN

Case Manager

Hospice Experience: 4 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice?  I chose hospice because it is a special piece of healthcare that can help meet the special challenges that patients and their families face as they navigate the journey of dealing with a terminal illness.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I am thankful to be a part of SouthEast Hospice because it is a professional agency that takes a holistic approach with each patient and his/her family – seeking to maximize the quality of life for each patient.

Chico Johnson, CNA

Hospice Aide

Hospice Experience: 20 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? It is very rewarding getting to know the patient and hearing the special memories they treasure throughout the lives.

What made you want to become a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I think the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced while being with SouthEast Hospice was when I had a patient who requested that they be baptized before they passed. To give the patient that one experience that she’s never shared was very beautiful.

Qui Qui Johnson, CNA

Hospice Aide

Hospice Experience: 4 years

Why did you choose to serve in hospice? This was my first hospice experience.  I realized I loved to make families feel their loved ones were in the best care possible and that we would always be there for them.
What made you want to become a part of the SouthEast Hospice family? I love working with Southeast because of the care they give each family. Also, this family-oriented run type of company, making everyone feel at home and like they matter.