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Employee Spotlight Awards

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November December 2018
Patty Mitchell - Employee spotlight

Hands of Mercy Hospice is excited to welcome Patty Mitchell, an RN with over 30 years of clinical experience.  In addition to Patty’s impressive patient care record, her 

comforting bedside manner adds to Hands of Mercy Hospice reputation for stellar

patient relationships.


Patty grew up in Johnstown Pennsylvania .  She graduated nursing school at Conemauga Valley Memorial Hospital.  In 1984, at the urging of a classmate , she decided to head south and took a job at Oconee Memorial Hospital where she spent the majority of her career.  Responsibilities included med surg step down, pediatrics, ambulatory surg, pain, and endoscopy.  She has worked with dozens of area surgeons over the years and helped thousands of patients.


Patty has been married to husband Lewis for 32 years.  She is the mother of three grown children who all played college sports and continue to pass on their wellness lifestyles learned in their youth.  She continues to enjoy the natural beauty and friendly people that make up our Upstate community.


Patty loves the opportunity at Hands of Mercy Hospice to do one on one patient care,

develop relationships with caring families, and interact with a homey welcoming organization.


Thanks for being here Patty!


Employee Spotlight Award Winner November November 2018
Powell Hickman -

Powell Hickman is charged with spreading the word about the quality of care

and commitment to compassion provided by Hands of Mercy Hospice. As the Director of Marketing, Powell brings 35 years of Healthcare experience to the organization.

A retiree of Eli Lilly and Company out of Indianapolis, he has spent his career as a community specialist in mental health, critical care, and diabetes.  In addition to his

professional responsibilities, he is an integral member of the community as President of the Pendleton Historic Foundation (operators of Woodburn and Ashtabula Plantation Houses), President of Pendleton Pride in Motion (developers of Barrett’s Place Playground, The Pendleton Health and Heritage Trail and the Tri County Tech Nature Trail), and a member of Eat Smart Move More of Anderson County.


Powell enjoys representing the dedicated professionals of Hands of Mercy Hospice

in the community.  He is impressed by the family orientation of the locally owned

organization.  “My goal is to help educate families in Anderson/Oconee/Pickens/Greenville Counties that there is a committed organization here in the community

that is here to help patients and families at any time along their journey.”

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November October 2018
Regina Lewis - Employee of the month

Meet Regina Lewis.  A Walhalla native,  Regina attended Walhalla High School where she excelled in many disciplines including chorus.  She is now a part of the chorus of caregivers who make up the staff of Hands of Mercy Hospice.

Regina had a lifetime of career experiences before going back to school to get her LPN

Certification.  She has expanded her horizons with an array of experiences including cross country trucking, daycare operator, and hearing impaired curriculum developer. Her versatility is evidenced by her ability to quickly put herself in the shoes of her patients and family members.  She is also certified for medical transcription and coding and medical technology.  Back in high school her life was changed by her choral instructor John Fallon, who taught her to be self confident, and her father , who instilled in her the importance of honesty .  She now exhibits those life skills to all the appreciative families lucky enough to get her help.

She is a proud mother and grandmother who has been lead by her principals to a life of caring.

Thank you Regina!

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November September 2018
Missy Webb - Employee of the Month

Meet Missy Webb.  Another of our Hands of Mercy Hospice’s compassionate caregivers.


Patients are so grateful for the personal touch of this committed professional!

Missy is an Oconee County native who is leaving a mark with her community , her family, and her Hands of Mercy coworkers.  A former high school athlete at Oconee 

Christian School, she excelled in soccer, volleyball, and basketball.  That team background has given her a keen appreciation for the type of teamwork Hand of Mercy Hospice is known for.  A Hands of Mercy team member for two and a half years,  she has provided comfort to over thirty patients in her developing career.  She talks about the skills she has developed in quickly understanding family dynamics and

appreciating the stresses that families share.


Missy loves to spend time with her 5 year old son Michael and tend to her 40 head of angus cows.  She loves the family atmosphere at Hands of Mercy, and plans to be

helping families for years to come.


Thank you for all you do Missy!

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November July 2018
Candice Poole - Employee of Month

Meet Candice Poole.  When you call Hands of Mercy Hospice during business hours you are greeted to her smiling voice.  As the Administrative Assistant for Hands of Mercy Hospice, Candice possesses the perfect skill set to make sure nothing is left to chance.  Very detail oriented, Candice sees to it that none of our patients or employees are overlooked.  In addition to greeting visitors to our office and callers on the phone, Candice is constantly acting on her keen sense of observation to problem solve for the practice.  


Born in Toccoa, Ga., Candice graduated from Clark Central High School where she

reports that she was known as a book worm. The honor student went to Savanna State College before moving to Seneca.  She has a three year old, Grayson, and a six month old, Myana.  Dequenin, her fiancé , was a standout football player at Rock Hill High School.


Candice’s caring personality is reflected in the great work she does as a mother, administrator, coworker, and voice of Hands of Mercy Hospice.  Thank you Candice for all you do for patients!

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November June 2018
Debbie Stewart - Employee on the month

Meet Our Staff

Debbie Stewart is a native of Muskegon Michigan but returned to her family’s 

upcountry roots twenty years ago.  She has been involved in health care and helping patients for 28 years, having received her certified nursing assistant certificate in 1990.  


Hands of Mercy Hospice has benefited from her compassionate caregiving for the last two years.  Debbie has incredible insight into family dynamics and problem solving, according to her coworkers.  She brings a creative, can do attitude to all she undertakes, and makes things happen.  She is quick to identify and meet emotional needs of her patients, and does not miss an opportunity to do lots of hand holding. 

“There is no one out there who can’t use more hugs!” She declares.


Her patient advocacy approach to her assignment helps her to help her patients and family members walk a special journey.  Her specialty, winning over cantankerous patients, has led to unparalleled respect of all.


Debbie loves her “hobby farm” of livestock, including goats and cows, but her biggest

pride and joy are her children and grandchildren.  Thank you Debbie Stewart for your

“All In” commitment to the mission of Hands of Mercy Hospice!

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November May 2018
Denise Bolt - May Employee Spotlight

Meet Denise Bolt, RN/Patient Care Coordinator for Hands of Mercy Hospice.

Born in Georgia and reared in Oconee County, she attended Walhalla High School

and has spent her entire adult life in the healthcare field.  After raising her two boys

she went back to school and received her RN.  She has work at Stephens County Hospital in the surgical,and step down units as well as an infusion nurse. In two years at Hands of Mercy, she has touched the lives of dozens of patient with her compassionate care.  Coworkers describe her as having a calm demeanor, an experienced aura, and a thoughtful personality.  When asked about memorable moments in the job she relates multiple stories of close relationships with family members that have continued long after their loved ones are gone.


In her free time, Denise and her husband Mike love camping and live for trips in the western US.


Thank you Denise for all you do for your patients!

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November April 2018
Mathew Winters - Employee Spotlight April

Mathew Winters came to Hands of Mercy Hospice four years ago, bringing over twenty years of ministry experience

to support patients and their families.  A native of Portsmouth, Va., Mathew earned a BS in Religion from Liberty

University .  He also holds an MA in Religion, and a Masters in Divinity.  


‘When I came to Hands of Mercy, I expected that I would be dealing with the pain associated with dying, but now I realize

It’s more about fulfillment, both for myself and the families involved.”  Mathew’s calm and understanding demeanor are

a perfect fit for an organization that prides itself on understanding the needs of its patients. He goes  the extra mile to

get families what they need in order to have a more meaningful experience at a tender time in life.


Mathew serves the roles of Chaplin, Bereavement Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator for Hands of Mercy, and provides

Interfaith support at the discretion of families based on their faith needs.  As a gifted musician, Mathew often incorporates

music into his time with patients and families, both with piano and voice.  “I remember a patient recently joining me in singing

his request ‘The Old Rugged Cross’”.  Interesting how music can bring peace.


Mathew’s wife Jennifer is expecting their fifth child in May.  His skill as a parent is reflected in his ability to understand

and support all those whose path he crosses.  Hands of Mercy is so thankful to have skilled professional like Mathew

to make a difference in people’s lives!





Employee Spotlight Award Winner November March 2018
Emily Shedd -

Emily Shed

Employee Spotlight


Emily Shed grew up in Westminster , SC.  She became proficient early on in high school at utilization of online resources and the learnings that can come with knowing where to find information .  Hands of Mercy Hospice has been the beneficiary of this technical skill set for the eighteen months that she has been a Certified Nursing Assistant and office administrative assistant.  Her willingness to step up and find

solutions to problems, both in the field and in the office,  has helped build the team 

approach to caregiving that Hands of Mercy is known for.  In her off work time, Emily

Is an outdoor enthusiast and and accomplished drone pilot.


Emily Shed is the model of the professional, creative, patient centered employee that Hands of Mercy seeks


Thank you Emily!

Employee Spotlight Award Winner November March 2018
Laura Fraley - Meet our staff

Laura Fraley


A Florida native, Hands of Mercy Hospice administrator Laura Fraley has a passion for patients.  Laura did her RN training in Winter Haven, Florida.  Her 20 years of nursing have taken her to roles in med/surge, ambulatory surgery, pediatrics , endoscopy, infusion, chemo, lap band, and hospice.  In her role coordinating Hands of Mercy she brings an excitement for living and an understanding of dying to patients and families alike.  Laura is always available with a story to tell, an ear to listen, and a hand to hold.  Laura tells the story of her grandfather, an Ohio businessman and inventor, who held the first patient for the safety cap for prescription bottles.  He was a fiberglass manufacturer who developed lymphoma and spent his final days in the VA hospital in Lakeland Florida.  That experience left Laura with the drive and compassion to help the terminally ill and treasure their days.

Laura loves being outdoors, spending time with family, and going to the beach.

Laura is a huge asset to Hands of Mercy!


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