- Ellijay, GA 30540583 Highland CrossingSuite 120
When you or someone you love has a life-limiting illness, we're here to listen and help. Call us to learn how hospice can bring peace and comfort to your family. We support areas including Dawsonville, Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Chattsworth and many of the surrounding communities.
- Available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
- Medical equipment, medication and personal care supplies
- Pain and symptom control centered around patient and family goals
- Care coordinated with your doctor
- Respite care (relief) for family caregivers
- Therapy options and medical social services
- Spiritual care and support
- Volunteer services
- Bereavement grief support
- Care provided wherever you call home, whether it be a hospital, nursing home, assisted living or your personal residence
Hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit.
Coverage includes nurses, other caregivers, medicines, supplies and equipment, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the hospice diagnosis.
Call us toll-free at 833-299-1525
Palliative care helps people with a serious illness feel better; physically, emotionally and spiritually. It focuses on improving quality of life at any stage of an illness. An example of care is precision pain management. Because people deal with pain differently, we listen to patients, family members and doctors to manage pain at the right level and the right time.
- Managing pain and other symptoms to your desired level
- Medical support for shortness of breath
- Help with fatigue and sleep problems
- Managing constipation
- Managing nausea or loss of appetite
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Spiritual care and medical social services
Palliative care can begin as soon as someone is diagnosed with an illness. It does not signal that a person has given up hope for recovery or a cure.
Hospice Care Consultant
Joe Chancey has been a Hospice Care Consultant with Compassus for six years. Prior to that, he was as a realtor in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, becoming a member of the Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors and a member of the Million Dollar Club. He is currently a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Joe attends The Ridge Community Church in Blue Ridge and often serves in foreign missions and outreach.
Rev. Thomas (Tommy) Deal, Jr., MA, has been a Hospice Chaplain since December 2014. Prior to that he led his faith group’s national disaster response, the Florida affiliate’s missional connections and served three local Baptist Congregations in Virginia, Georgia and Texas as Associate Pastor. Tommy also volunteers as a police chaplain in Dalton, Georgia. He is certified in crisis chaplaincy, critical incident stress management and disaster response chaplaincy. Tommy is married to Rev. Susan Deal, Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church, Dalton, Georgia. They have two grown sons and twin grandbaby girls.
Chaplain And Volunteer Coordinator
Rev. Richard (Ricky) Studdard has been serving in hospice care for eleven years. His role as Chaplain as been a great experiences with families and co-workers. He currently serves as Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator in the Lafayette GA, Calhoun GA and Ellijay GA. Offices. He is also currently serving as a pastor in Rome, GA.
Listening to a patient's story or reading a passage from their favorite book are simple acts that offer comfort. Whether you serve behind the scenes at the office or one-on-with families, you'll be joining hospice volunteers helping families navigate life's closing chapters.
- Enter your information below and a volunteer coordinator will send you an application and information.
- Volunteer requirements and training.
Jill Saranthus was born in Houma, LA. In 1997 she attended Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, LA. Acquiring her BSN in 2000 she then furthered her education obtaining an MSN at Kennesaw State University. After working at an internal medical office and as an ER nurse. Jill as a Nurse Practitioner joined Dr. McCurdy int a family practice in Jasper, GA. She resides in Jasper with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs. Jill likes to read, work in the garden, and watch the Atlanta Braves.
Dr. McCurdy earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from Shorter College in Rome. After finishing his internship and residency at the Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia, Dr. McCurdy moved to Jasper where he has lived and practiced for over 30 years. He is board-certified in family practice and in Hospice and Palliative care.
Dr. McCurdy takes a special interest in the interface between physical, emotional and spiritual health and is dedicated to assisting his patients in living a long, healthy, meaningful life. He also has a special interest in unexplained symptoms and problem diagnoses. He strongly believes in patient education and helping patients understand the complexities of their illnesses. In his spare time, Dr. McCurdy enjoys music and reading. He reads at least two books a week and stays current on many journals, newspapers, and magazines. He has four grown children and enjoys walks with his dog, Dr. Bud.
Dr. McCurdy has been the Hospice Compassus Medical Director for 7 years. His compassion and experience has enabled him to guide and educate our registered nurses as they help patients live comfortably and with the least amount of pain, in their final days insuring peace, education, and support to the families.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Compassus has selected Carl McCurdy, M.D., of Jasper to join a team of medical volunteers to assist Living Hope, the company’s sister hospice...
- Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
- Blue Ridge