Agape Care - Hands of Hope
Columbia, SC, United States


Hands of Hope, Agape Care’s Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Program is seeking a Medical Director to strengthen and grow our program throughout the state of South Carolina. Candidates with proven leadership and 5+ years of pediatric palliative care and hospice experience are preferred and encouraged to apply. Board Certification in hospice and palliative care required.
Opportunities for program growth include; relationship development with care partners throughout the state, community initiatives and education, structure and formalization of the program processes and promotion of quality improvement endeavors.

This role will oversee the program in its entirety, providing medical management to the clinical team, supervising weekly IDG meetings and all clinical certifications. Candidate must be passionate about pediatric palliative and hospice and committed to the hospice philosophy.

Agape Care is the leading hospice and palliative care provider in South Carolina, serving all 46 counties across the state. In early 2020, Agape Hospice and Hospice Care of South Carolina combined to form Agape Care to expand its patient services by combining both care providers into one organization. The combined organization has ~900 employees and cares for more than 1,500 patients. Though we have a new name, our team is the same and we provide the same exceptional care you have come to expect from us. Hands of Hope is our pediatric care program, which offers palliative and concurrent care for any child managing a life-limiting illness. Our care is provided by the only nationally board-certified interdisciplinary pediatric team in South Carolina. Through our compassionate care model, Hands of Hope provides support for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and their families so they can focus on what matters most.

Position Highlights:

Employed full time position based in SC, travel as needed for patient care (based on patient/family/team need) with occasional travel for training and/or meetings. Established program with growth opportunities Competitive compensation and benefits package Well-established, multi-disciplinary team including four Nurse Practitioners, RN’s, child life specialists, hospital liaisons and bereavement. EMR system: Homecare Homebase Support through parent company, Agape Care, the largest hospice and palliative care company in the state.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

EDUCATION: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy required. South Carolina Medical License.

LICENSURE: Current unrestricted State license to practice medicine. Board certification in Pediatrics required. Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship and/or Hospice Medical Director certified preferred. Five years of experience in healthcare, ideally a combination of pediatric acute care and hospice care/public health experience. Experience with a home based care delivery service is a plus.

EXPERIENCE: Prior supervisor/management experience. Experience with terminally ill patients. Experience in effective pain management and symptom control. Requires demonstrated interpersonal, supervisory, and management skills with ability to communicate effectively. Demonstrates proven decision making and financial management skills. Exhibits working knowledge of regulations and reimbursement in hospice care as well as proven leadership abilities. Respected by physician peers and has the ability and willingness to act as a liaison from the hospice to other physicians. Commitment to hospice philosophy and care techniques.

TRANSPORTATION: Reliable transportation.

HEALTH STATUS: Meets all applicable agency policies and procedures related to physical exam and required testing.


1.Complete required work on a daily basis.

2.Cope with work involving ill, disabled, and dying patients.

3.Sit, stand, bend, lift, and move intermittently. Must be able to lift at least 25lbs and bear the weight of an average adult effectively so as to be able to perform the above listed functions.

4.Move equipment and supplies necessary for job functions.

5.Read in a 12 point or larger type, speak and write English in order to fulfill job functions in an understandable way.

6.See/hear or use prosthetics that enable accomplishment of job.

7.Meet the health requirements of the agency.

8.Possible exposure to infectious diseases.

9.Abide by all occupational safety and bloodborne pathogen protocol to minimize illness and/or injury.

10.Move, support and/or transfer patients as required to perform essential functions of position.


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