Agape’ Hospice is the first locally owned Hospice Agency to serve the residents of Colleton County. Rev. Scott Middleton, who once pastored a church in the Smoaks area of Colleton, purchased the original Agape’ facility located approximately one mile south of Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina in 1999. Since that time, Agape’ Senior has expanded to include eight additional assisted living facilities, three rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities and 22 hospice sites throughout the state. Agape’ Hospice of Walterboro serves Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties while Agape’ Senior is licensed to serve all 46 counties in South Carolina.
Agapé is a resource for end of life care, but also senior care. The vision of Agapé Senior and Agapé Hospice, Inc. is to serve the people of South Carolina as an integrated health services company with a primary presence in strategic markets throughout the state. Agapé Senior is recognized as a senior services provider of distinction, which values its employees and functions in a financially responsible and stable environment.
The vision is based on a model of integrated services that is designed to assure responsiveness and quality of service for residents and their families. A cornerstone of this model of integrated services is the ability and desire of trained health professionals in a variety of fields to assess the unique and dynamic needs of each resident. The integrated services offered by Agapé are supported by physical, speech, and occupational therapy, in-house pharmacy services, medical equipment suppliers, ambulance and transportation services, life enrichment coordinators, chaplain services, and physician/nurse practitioner services.
Agapé Senior is a faith-based company, and our values reflect the qualities described in the nine fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. These virtues are instilled in the care we provide to residents, patients, and families and are reflected in the way we interact with our customers and with each other. Our works are an expression of who we are. Our residents, families, and employees interact in an environment illuminated by the virtues of peace, love, joy, and patience. Our daily interaction with residents, families, and employees is guided by and reflected through the virtues of kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Michelle is a native of Walterboro and the Registered Nurse Patient Care Coordinator for Agapé Hospice. A nurse for 13 years, Spires has spent seven years as a hospice nurse and she has been with Agape for two years. Spires is the mother of three; Christan a senior at Clemson, Caitlyn a senior at Colleton County High School, recently accepted to the University of Carolina and Tucker, who is in third grade at Northside Elementary.
Dr. Vega is an Agapé Hospice Medical Director. He has been with Agapé for over five years.
Dr. Thomas is an Agapé Medical Directors. He has been with the company for two years. Dr. Thomas recently earned board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine.