Compassus – Tullahoma Hospice Executive Director Selected For Healthcare Mission Trip To South Africa

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – Compassus has selected Edie Rimas of Tullahoma to join a team of medical volunteers to assist Living Hope, the company’s sister hospice program in Cape Town, South Africa, on a mission trip August 12-20. The Compassus team, which includes two physicians, five registered nurses, two certified nursing assistants, a social worker, volunteer coordinator and chaplain, is spending a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.

“I am truly honored to be chosen to serve on this mission,” said Rimas, executive director of Compassus – Tullahoma, about her opportunity to participate. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and caring for others is part of who I am. I may not be a hands-on nurse any longer, but I love caring for people and knowing the needs of the people in South Africa, this will be so rewarding to me personally.”

Through a partnership started in 2011, Compassus donates monetary aid, medical supplies and healthcare expertise to support Living Hope’s healthcare and hospice services in the impoverished township communities of Cape Town.

Living Hope, a ministry-based nonprofit, offers healthcare services, counseling and education to more than 200,000 underprivileged residents. Living Hope’s programs focus on improving general health and hospice care, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and economic empowerment. Living Hope provides healthcare for more than 36,000 South Africans annually through in-home visits, medical clinics and a 22-bed inpatient hospice center.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to represent Compassus and work with other colleagues from our company to provide medical support and comfort and love to the people needing it in Cape Town. Who could ask for anything better than that?” Rimas continued.

Compassus supports Living Hope in three ways: funding, education and hands-on medical assistance. The company matches voluntary employee donations to the dollar every year and also assists Living Hope with necessary medical supplies and equipment.

“As members of the hospice team, we have a calling to deliver compassionate care not only in our local communities, but also to those around the world. This partnership allows us the opportunity to do both,” said Laura Templeton, regional vice president of Compassus. “We are proud of Edie and her fellow volunteers for embarking on this journey to help the sick and impoverished people of South Africa, and look forward to hearing about their experiences and how we can use what they learned on their trip here at home.”

For more information about Compassus — Tullahoma, visit or call (931) 455-9118.