Vickie and Royce founded Community Hospice in 1999. Vickie, President of Community Hospice, is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of practice in Hospice & Palliative care setting. Vickie, with the support of her husband Royce, saw the need for the area’s original hospice program. The birth of this organization would far exceed their expectations and serve the needs of thousands of families in the area. As the Community Hospice organization grew, Vickie and Royce saw a unique need for the areas only Hospice Inpatient Facility. At this time there were only a few hospice houses in the southern section of Georgia. In 2005, Vickie and Royce founded The Community Hospice House. To date The Community Hospice House has served hundreds of families in the area with exceptional service and compassion. Together they founded Community Hospice based on the principles of compassionate and competent care. The “patient comes first” and the “compassion beyond measure” principals are still the driving force today and is instilled in everyone who works with them. Vickie and Royce have four children and five grandchildren.

Chief Executive Officer / Administrator
Board Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Administrator

Jason joined Community Hospice as the Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Jason, who came from an extensive healthcare and business background, was born and raised in Vidalia, GA. He is a 1996 graduate of Vidalia High School after which he attended Brewton Parker College. Jason is very involved in the community and has served in various roles. He was elected at the 2012-2013 President of the Downtown Vidalia Association (Main Street), and has served in various roles with the local United Way, Relay for Life, and is a member of the Vidalia Kiwanis Club. In 2005 Jason received the Future Business Leaders of America’s Businessperson of the Year Award. In 2008, he was presented with Dale Carnegie’s Highest Achievement Award. In 2010, Jason became one of the State’s few Nationally Board Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Administrators and has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in the hospice & palliative care field. Jason’s core passion is making sure all individuals receive exemplar service and compassion second to none. Jason has two sons, Carson and Conner.

Assistant Administrator

Edith joined Community Hospice in 2001. She has many years in the healthcare industry, with Community Hospice, and has served in several roles within this organization. She is dedicated to Community Hospice and our patients and their families. She is strong in her Christian faith and believes that God has called her to her position at Community Hospice. She exhibits this in her daily interactions. She graduated from Vidalia High School, attended Georgia Southern College, and graduated from Massey Business College in Jacksonville, Florida. Through the years, she has taken classes at STC. Edith was the wife of the late Wendell Stephens of Toombs County and they have two sons. She takes great pride in these sons and their families which includes three grandsons. When she is not working, she spends her time with her children, her church activities, and other family and friends. She considers her co-workers to be an extension of her family.

Director of Public Relations

Scott joined Community Hospice in 2006. Scott has many years of public relations history in healthcare. Scott's mission is to educate the community on the benefits of receiving hospice services. He has a deep love for hospice care and improving patients’ quality of life. Scott represents Community Hospice at various events, speaking engagements, and health fairs. He believes that hospice care can enhance the quality of life for any person with a life-limiting illness.

Community Outreach Coordinator

Kelly joined the Community Hospice team in June of 2012. Kelly serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Community Hospice. Kelly is responsible for communicating with healthcare professionals, patients and families, and to consistently educate the public of the Community Hospice philosophy. Kelly coordinates monthly activities at all contracted nursing facilities and other facilities to establish and maintain a working relationship with such facilities. Kelly serves as a member of Kiwanis in Vidalia, as well as serves on the Advertising/Marketing Committee for the Toombs/Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Kelly represents Community Hospice at all community functions and assists with media relations. In 2011, she was recognized as the Southeast Georgia Outreach Champion for her marketing capabilities.
Director of Nursing - Hospice House

Debbie Kittrell is the Director of Nursing of The Community Hospice House. Debbie received her diploma in nursing from Atlanta's Georgia Baptist Hospital in 1979. She later earned an AA from Brewton-Parker College and her BSN from Georgia College, in Milledgeville. Debbie has worked for 28 years at Meadows Regional Medical Center. She has been a Home Health nurse and an Occupational nurse. She has served in ICU, in ER, and she has been a Nurse Supervisor. She brings her amazing assortment of abilities to the daily challenges of our end-of-life care. Debbie feels that God has placed her in this position.

Director of Nursing - Home Hospice

Kristi joined Community Hospice in 2007 as a Nurse Case Manager. Kristi graduated from South Georgia College in 1998. Kristi has an extensive history as a Registered Nurse and has worked in many areas including Med-Surg, ICU, ER, and pediatrics. She believes that patients at the end of life are entitled to optimal, compassionate care. Kristi has a love for all patients and their families. She leads her team by example and believes that hospice is a calling.

Director of Support Services

Jennifer Richter joined Community Hospice in 2006. Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and functions as a Social Worker and as Director of Support Services. As a social worker, Jennifer assesses the financial, emotional, and psychosocial needs of our patients and families, links families to community resources and provisions, and provides grief counseling services. As Director of Support Services, Jennifer supervises social workers and chaplains, and Community Hospice's volunteer and bereavement programs.

James L. Ray, MD
Family Practice
Chief Medical Director

Patrick Byrne, MD
Assistant Medical Director

Misty Poole, MD
Internal Medicine
Assistant Medical Director

In addition to these talented and energetic leaders, Community Hospice employs an exceptional array of specially trained nurses, social workers, personal care specialists, volunteers, trained chaplains and grief counselors.

Call us today to make an appointment to meet our team, see our facility or have us answer any questions you may have. 1-800-477-4758
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