Welcome to the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization!

 GHPCO is here for you!
 The Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO) website and online information center has recently relaunched and we hope you find our resources valuable and easy to access!  Our mission is “To promote quality hospice and palliative care throughout Georgia by providing information, education and advocacy.”  We at GHPCO are committed to helping everyone with an interest in or a need for hospice, palliative or end-of-life care find information and access to services through this avenue.


Celebrating One of Our Own!

HPNA names Petti-Jeanne Sheldon, RN, BSN, CHPN the

2018 Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing 

 Nurse of the Year!



Petti-Jeanne Sheldon, RN, CHPN, has been a dedicated member of GHPCO for many years, working consistently and tirelessly on the education committee, dedicated to providing the most comprehensive education events for Georgia providers!  In 2017, Petti-Jeanne joined the GHPCO Board of Directors and has demonstrated her leadership skills again as the co-Chair of the GHPCO Palliative Care Committee.  



She began her nursing career in Virginia over 40 years ago practicing in Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia. Over the course of her career Petti-Jeanne has specialized in critical care, nephrology nursing and medical-surgical nursing obtaining certification in each of these areas. Petti-Jeanne has been active in the AACN; ANNA; ANA; NONE and AUN organizations. She has served at the bedside; in education and administration. 


Petti-Jeanne began her professional hospice and palliative nursing  career in 2007 and obtained certification in 2011. She has been an ELNEC trainer since 2010 and an Advanced Educator with HPNA since 2012.  Currently the president of the Piedmont Chapter HPNA, Petti-Jeanne also serves on the HPNA Leadership Engagement Council. Petti-Jeanne has also served on the education committee for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO) since 2009.

Petti-Jeanne has been the recipient of several honors and awards but her most cherished honor has been being selected in N.C. for RN Excellence – The Great 100 recipient in 1989. Petti-Jeanne committed herself to this organization and its mission serving on several committees and as President of the Board of Directors. Last October Petti-Jeanne was invited to attend the 25th anniversary gala of this volunteer based organization to be honored for her dedication and service.

Petti-Jeanne finds passion in whatever she dedicates herself to. Currently Petti-Jeanne is the Palliative Care Coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga. In this role she also serves as faculty for the GRU/UGA medical school coordinating a required 2 week rotation in palliative care for third year medical students.




Medicare FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements

Find the FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting proposed rule posted on the Federal Register Public Inspection desk by following this link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-08563.pdf

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018. Additionally, this rule proposes changes to the hospice quality reporting program, including proposing new quality measures, soliciting feedback on an enhanced data collection instrument, and describing plans to publicly display quality measures and other hospice data.  



CMS grants Hospice Quality Reporting Extensions and Exemption Requests...

 CMS grants exceptions to the quality reporting data submission deadlines to Medicare providers in several care settings adversely affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, including Hospice. For the specified reporting quarter(s), affected providers will not be required to submit quality measure data to meet submission requirements.  See the full communication posted on the respective CMS QRP Reconsideration and Exception and Extension websites by clicking HERE


The Benefits of Membership

For more than 30 years, GHPCO has been serving the people of Georgia and the organizations that provide care to those with life-limiting illnesses, their family, friends and loved ones.  GHPCO and our member organizations honor the sacred trust that is placed in us to ensure that every Georgian has access to excellent pain and symptom management, and that their physical, spiritual and emotional concerns are addressed.  We strive always to support each individual’s right to receive care of the highest quality which allows them to die pain-free and with dignity.  With our members, we work to ensure that every family receives the support they need for themselves and their loved one. We invite you to use the menu at the top of this page to help you 

quickly find the resources you need.  Our information center 

is continually growing and being updated, so if you don’t find what you 
are looking for, take a moment to contact us and let us know.
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Meet Donna Morgan!


Donna Morgan, CEO at Columbus Hospice of Georgia and Alabama

Donna is an experienced, professional nurse executive with proven expertise in hospice and palliative care clinical and administrative operations. Provides clear vision and objectives for clinical and administrative teams to achieve desired outcomes, with a strong focus on communication, process improvement and compliance. Passion is personified in lifelong learning, teaching, and mentorship.