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Care Team

Our team of highly qualified and caring professionals work as a team to promote our patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.


In 2010, Dr. John Shaner joined our Hospice team as our full-time Chief Medical Officer. With over 30 years’ experience and double board certification in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Shaner is uniquely qualified to offer expert care to our patients. In fact, he is the only physician in our local service area with a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Board Certification. Additionally, we are fortunate to have two additional team physicians, Dr. Abraham Cheong and Dr. Scott Clay. Learn more about our physicians


Nurse Case Managers guide the patient and their caregiver to create a customized plan of care that meets the patients’ goals and wishes. Our Registered Nurses conduct skilled clinical assessments, coordinate medications under the direction of the physician, arrange for medical supplies and equipment, and provide education and support for the entire family. Many of our hospice nurses are nationally certified as Hospice & Palliative Nurses and bring a high level of expertise to their work with patients and their families.

Certified Nursing Assistants

(CNA’s) provide routine, personal care for our patients wherever they live and visit as often as needed. These services may also include meal preparation and even light housekeeping duties.

Social Workers

Social Workers provide counseling and support for the patient, caregiver, and family throughout the course of the illness. At Hospice of the Golden Isles, we have several experienced full-time social workers, and our Chief Executive Officer is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Hospice social workers are trained to help patients and families connect with a variety of community resources. They may also assist with completing advance directives and applying for healthcare and financial benefits.


Hospice chaplains provide non-denominational spiritual counseling and support for our patients and their loved ones. We warmly welcome your pastor, rabbi, priest or other clergy to participate in your care.