Amy Broderick Breathes New Energy and Enthusiasm into Fundraising at HGI!

Amy is known for her community involvement in the Golden Isles over the past two decades and for the past nine years as the community and event touchstone for Hospice of the Golden Isles. She has also worked behind the scenes building our Facebook page and other social media outlets as well as marketing and advertising for HGI.

In Amy’s new role as Development and Community Relations Manager, she is applying her 20 years of sales, marketing, and community relations experience to focus more specifically on educating potential donors about the value of supporting patient care at HGI.  These conversations come easy to Amy as she herself experienced first-hand the compassionate care provided to her mother and family twelve years ago. Her time caring for her mother and her newfound devotion to supporting hospice efforts have offered her a new view of the world.

“In the four short days she was here, my mother was cared for expertly and lovingly. She was comfortable and at peace when she died. That’s all I could ask. It was this exceptional care she received at the end of her life that ignited my desire to give back in any way I could to HGI. I joined the Auxiliary, was elected Fundraising Chair and ultimately volunteered my way into a full-time job…and here I am almost a decade later!”

We are excited to have Amy partnering more closely with donors in the community in her new role at HGI. For more information about fundraising events or to make a donation, please contact Amy at

Grieving From Six Feet Away

The following contribution is from Hospice of the Golden Isles’ Bereavement Coordinator, Whitney Bounds, LMSW

COVID-19. Social isolation. Grocery stores full of mask-donning Americans staying 6 feet apart from one other. No social gatherings, including funerals, memorial services, and celebration of life parties. Anxiety, mixed feelings and emotions. Panic.

This is all part of our new reality. As life continues to move forward, nature takes its course, pandemic or not, and the cycle of life continues. We are grieving loved ones that have passed, the lost normalcy that was our daily lives, and a lack of social interaction. What does this mean for those who are grieving?

This perfect storm could lead to increased mental health concerns, including depression and anxiety during the grief journey. Social isolation in particular can lead to lack of a support system, leaving these individuals especially vulnerable to depression.

The University of California Department of Psychiatry has put together a resource page addressing emotional well-being during this unprecedented time: “Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19.” It is full of helpful information to get us all through this pandemic. In addition, New York State Office of Mental Health has tips for helping others grieve. Stay well, follow the CDC guidelines, and take care of yourself and your family.

Click here for more information about coping during Coronavirus

National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, 2020

Debbie Britt
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“National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a nationwide initiative that encourages adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. When we make health decisions ahead of time and put those wishes in writing, we bring peace of mind to our families. We enable givers to advocate for us when we are unable to do so for ourselves. We are more likely to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when we become seriously ill and our loved ones are left to guess what we would have wanted.”

St. Simons Island attorney, Debbie Britt, focuses her practice on estate planning and elder law.  We reached out to her for her expert input on the best way to plan ahead and put our healthcare decisions in writing.  In these uncertain times of worldwide pandemic, these decisions are especially important.

Debbie says a vital document we all need is the Georgia Advanced Directive for Health Care.  If you are over the age of 18, you need an advanced health care directive.  This important document allows your appointment of a health care agent to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so.  This same document allows your expression of your health care treatment preferences when certain conditions are present.  These preferences will guide your health care agent and medical providers when you are unable.

In Georgia, we have a statutory form advanced directive for health care.  While other forms may be accepted, developing a customized directive substantially compliant with the statutory language provided by Official Code of Georgia Section 31-32-4 is recommended.  It is best to seek professional (medical and legal) advice regarding this important legal document.

There are several reasons advanced health care directives are the best part of a comprehensive estate plan:

  • Healthcare decisions.  Agents appointed under your durable financial power of attorney may not make healthcare decisions for you.
  • Timing of effectiveness.  Different legal documents are effective at different times.  Wills apply upon your death.  Revocable living trusts apply upon your death or incapacity, as defined in the document.  A presently effective advanced health care directive ensures your designated agent can act for you as set forth in the directive.
  • Guardianship nomination.  Should you need to have a court-appointed guardian, you may nominate a person you would like to serve in that role in your advanced directive.

For more information, visit Debbie’s website at

Hospice of the Golden Isles is Celebrating 40 Years!

Hospice of the Golden Isles is honored to have served Southeast Coastal Georgia since 1980!

In 2020, we are celebrating 40 years of providing expert and compassionate hospice care across five counties (Glynn, McIntosh, Camden, Brantley, and Charlton) in your home or our Hospice House.  Hospice care is provided wherever you call home. We care for our patients in private residences, in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities, and in our Residential Facility or Hospice House.

Stay tuned for anniversary activities and celebratory events throughout the year! 

Veterans Day Appreciation Lunch 2019

WHAT:  Southern Soul BBQ bag lunch (pulled pork sandwich and your choice of slaw or chips)

WHEN:  Monday, November 11, 2019; 12noon-2pm (immediately following Veterans Day parade and ceremony)

WHERE:  Casino Atrium – St. Simons Pier Village

COST:  Military Veterans/Active Military – FREE;  Non-military – $5 SUGGESTED DONATION

We are honored and humbled to provide lunch to military veterans, active military and their families each Veterans Day.


Hurricane Dorian

We are thankful Hurricane Dorian passed us by with little effect on our beloved Golden Isles as other communities did not fare as well.  With three hurricanes and one tropical storm hitting our coast in as many years, we are grateful for the reprieve. On Monday (9/2), in response to the mandatory order for evacuation, Hospice of the Golden Isles transferred our Hospice House patients to hospice facilities further inland. Our team worked diligently with home patients to make their evacuation and emergency preparedness plans, and we signed contracts with other hospice providers who were on-call to provide services for patients who traveled out of our service area. On Thursday (9/5), the mandatory evacuation order was lifted and HGI resumed normal operations on Friday (6/6). Home hospice teams resumed patient visits and Hospice House patients are being transferred back to our facility. Many thanks to the Glynn County EMA and our community for your support of our efforts to keep our patients safe through the storm.  

Another Successful RE Thomas Memorial Benefit!

The Thomas Family proves their dedication to Hospice of the Golden Isles each year by honoring the memory of their beloved patriarch, Mr. R.E. Thomas.  This year was no exception at the 14th annual memorial benefit.  Joyce and Johnny Thomas enlist their extended family and friends to pull off their profitable shindig at the Brunswick Shrine Club each year.  With prime rib and fried shrimp catered by Mudcat Charlie’s, fun, fellowship and live entertainment, they can’t go wrong. This special family has raised over $250,000 for HGI over the years and have established themselves as our family too!  THANKS Y’ALL!!  

Friends of Davis Love Foundation Raffle

SHARE THE LOVE AND YOU COULD WIN A BRAND NEW BUICK ENCORE! Friends of Davis Love Foundation and Nalley Honda Brunswick are partnering again this year to raise funds for area nonprofit organizations and HGI is one of the participating nonprofits again.  For each $20 raffle ticket you purchase, you not only support HGI, but you are entered to WIN a brand new Buick Encore!!  That’s really a “WIN, WIN!” The best part100% of your purchase PLUS an additional contribution from the Davis Love Foundation will be made to HGI! ♦ Entries must be received by 11/15/19 ♦ 5 finalists will be selected on 11/18/19 ♦ WINNER will be drawn on 11/24/19 ♦ To enter contact Amy Broderick at 912-265-4735 or email Make checks payable to “Davis Love Foundation”

14th Annual R.E. Thomas Memorial Benefit

Join Johnny and Joyce Thomas and their extended family and friends for the annual R.E. Thomas Benefit for HGI. Enjoy a delicious prime rib and shrimp dinner catered by Mudcat Charlie’s, live entertainment from local talent and most of all the palpable fellowship buzzing through the Shrine Club. See you there on Saturday, August 24, 2019! Tickets are $60/person • Doors open at 6:30pm • Dinner at 7pm • BYOB

HGI Welcomes New Bereavement Coordinator

We are excited to announce that Whitney Bounds, MSW recently joined Hospice of the Golden Isles as Bereavement Coordinator. Whitney brings more than six years of experience in trauma, crisis, and grief counseling to the organization. She also worked with at-risk children and families in Glynn and Camden counties in a non-profit setting as well as with survivors of domestic violence. Previously she worked with geriatric hospice patients as part of a Medicaid Diversion program in Florida for four years. Whitney has a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas and is a member of the Phi Alpha honors society. She specializes in grief and bereavement therapy, and counseling Hispanic children and families. Her passion is serving Hospice patients and their families while providing culturally competent services to those in need.
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