The Future of Hospice in North Georgia

Our Mission


Mt Berry Hospice promises to provide the standard of care that all Georgians are promised and deserve.  Mt Berry Hospice will provide compassionate and high quality end of life care to our fellow Georgians.  This care will be provided through fully equipped inpatient hospice centers.  Our mission is to ensure that each patient will receive a complete program of physical, emotional, and spiritual care as well as 24 hour close monitoring.  They will be staffed by our team of dedicated hospice professionals who will put our patients first regardless of their ability to pay. Mt Berry Hospice will be the new face of Hospice in Georgia.

“To partner with families and friends as they search for peace, courage, dignity, and quality of care during their final season of life.”

We realize that the entire family is affected, that is why we take into account the Spiritual, Physical and Emotional needs of our patients and their families.  We want to be there for you and your family.  We all come to the end of our lives by different roads, but we all must walk one road home.  We at Mt Berry Hospice want to walk that road with you to ensure a most peaceful journey.

Hospice Services


Mt Berry Hospice promises to provide the standard of care that all Georgians are eligible for and deserve.  Our care will be fully compliant with Georgia State and Medicare rules and regulations as required.  We will care for your loved ones with professional and experienced hospice staff including Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Certified Nursing Assistants, Spiritual Care Coordinators, Counselors, Physicians, Volunteers and more.

Our professional staff and volunteers work with the patient and their family circle to customize the best plan of care possible utilizing these services.

  • In-patient hospice units for acute care needs and/or scheduled family or caregiver respite and symptom control
  • Home Hospice Care
  • Bereavement support and follow-up for family and friends
  • Medical equipment such as hospital beds, oxygen, wheelchairs and more
  • Medications and medical supplies needed to keep patients comfortable and stable in support of their hospice diagnosis
  • Access to care professionals 24 hours a day for patient and family

In-Patient Hospice Care

12 Bed In-Patient Facility located just 5 miles north of Ga. Hwy 20 in Rome on Martha Berry Highway (US 27 / GA 1). Across the street from Amuchee High School.
4300 Martha Berry Hwy NE

Rome, GA 30165

Phone 706-232-1571

Fax 706-232-1572



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Administration Profile


Peter K. Lee, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Lee has over 20 years experience in end-of-life care hospice programs. He has been a medical director for major national hospice companies, including Vista Care Hospice, Gentiva’s Healthfield

Hospice, Portsbridge Hospice, and Vitas Hospice.  He is also a Chairman for Doctor’s Hospice, Inc., which is a not-for-profit organization providing compassionate care to Georgians with terminal illnesses. The organization’s goal is to provide such care through a fully-equipped inpatient hospice center in every county in Georgia.


Dr. Lee is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and also in Anatomic Pathology. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent Medical Center  affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and finished a residency in Pathology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Lee is currently a Managing Partner and a Physician Member of Gwinnett Multi-Specialty Clinic and New Hope Medical Center. He was the Medical Director for Lake City Nursing Home, Sunbridge Nursing Home, and Arrowhead Nursing and Rehabilitation. He also works as the Chief Executive Officer for Atlanta Healthcare Property Consultants.



George W. West

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer


At present, Mr. West works as the owner and Chief Financial Officer of Atlanta Healthcare Property Consultants, a position he has held for the last eight years. Simultaneously with this position, he works as a Practice Administrator for Dr. Peter Lee. There, he oversees physician relations, strategy planning, service development, marketing, and outcomes management.


Mr. West also has experience working as President and Chief Financial Officer of SLW Management where he was in charge of operational and administrative duties, such as financial management, service quality control, strategy planning and marketing. He also serves as a Director and Chief Financial Officer for Doctor’s Hospice, Inc., Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Mr. West also worked for 13 years as the President, owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Ancillary Services and for 13 years as the President and owner of Medical Nucleonic. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in nuclear medicine, he also earned an Associate’s degree in applied technology. Mr. West served in the United States Navy for a period of four years. 


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Be a volunteer for Mt Berry Hospice! Both administrative and patient contact opportunities exist for the interested person to donate their time for someone in need of extra time and care. Please call us at (706) 232-1571 or come to our In-Patient Unit to discuss your interest with us.


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Our service and care to those at the end of life depends on those exceptional individuals who work with and for us every day.  If you would like to join our team in providing the best in hospice care to those in need, please fax your resume to the administrator of the In-Patient Unit. 

Positions Available:

RN's- Rome, GA

Current Registered Nurse licensure in Georgia

Minimum 2 years clinical nursing experience

Minimum 1 year hospice experience

Candidate must be able to verbally exhibit understanding of the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the terminally ill patient and their family.

Demonstrates good interpersonal skills with patients, families, team members and other healthcare professionals



Is Hospice only for patients with cancer?

  • Hospice is for any patient with a terminal illness, which includes cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiac, lung or kidney disease, among others.

Is Hospice a place?

  • Hospice is a program of care and it is provided wherever the patient lives.

Does Hospice only provide care for the last days of life?

  • No one can predict exactly when the end of life will occur. Admitting criteria for hospice includes the physician certifying that a patient has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less to live, if the disease runs it’s normal course.  The disease may not run it’s normal course and the patient may live longer than six months.  The patient may remain on hospice.  Hospice care is more effective with pain management and comfort with early involvement..

Does Hospice provide euthanasia to patients?

  • The goal of hospice is to provide the patient with quality of life.  Hospice does nothing  to shorten life, but allows the disease process to take its natural course while providing pain management and comfort measures.

Does Hospice let people starve to death?

  • Food and fluid are always offered. During the dying process, food can actually be more painful rather than enjoyable. Hospice honors the wishes of the patient.

Do I have to sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) to be on hospice?

  • A DNR is not required. Hospice does not take away choices. We have changed our decision from DNR to AND (Allow Natural Death) because that is more what we do in support of the families’ and patient’s wishes. We are here to answer your questions and to help you to understand the choices you have made.

Are all Patients put on morphine when death is close?

  • Morphine is often used for pain control, but not always. It depends on the degree of the patient’s pain at any given time.

Can Morphine stop a patient’s breathing?

  • Morphine is the druf of choice for breathing distress. It makes a patient with breathing difficulties more comfortable. For a patient to stop breathing because of morphine is extremely rare. Hospice starts patients out on small doses and titrates the amount (adjusts the concentration) increased in small, appropriate steps.

Are Patients on morphine too sleepy to function?

  • When morphine is first started it may cause a sedative effect, but usually within 72 hours the patient adjusts and is no longer drowsy. Patients are often more alert because of their pain relief.

Should a patient wait until pain is bad to take morphine so it will be more effective when it is needed?

  • One of the benefits of morphine is that there is no “ceiling” and it can be adjusted according to the patient’s needs.

If a patient takes morphine, will they become addicted?

  • Morphine is used to control pain. Once the patient’s pain is under control they do not desire more opioids, only that, that is necessary to make them comfortable.

Does Hospice provide 24-hour care?

  • Hospice care is intermittent. When 24-hour care is required, hospice assists the family in finding placement for the patient.

If a patient lives alone, are they ineligible for hospice?

  • As long as the patient is safe, he/she may live alone. Once it is no longer safe hospice will assist with finding home assistance or other placement.

Once on Hospice, can a patient continue seeing their primary care physician?

  • Your physician may remain the primary physician for you. Our medical director is also available to assist with pain and symptom management.

Do patients still go to the doctor or the hospital if on hospice?

  • One of the advantages of hospice care is that the patient does not have to make frequent trips to the doctor’s office. However, on occasion hospitalization may be required for certain situations regarding hospice care or for medical issues that are not related to the hospice diagnosis.

Will Hospice change or discontinue all medications when admitted?

  • The medications are reviewed by the medical director with recommendations according to the patient’s symptoms and medical needs. The staff and the patient work together to determine what works best for each individual patient.

When a patient is put on hospice, do they no longer have hope?


  • While there may not be hope of a cure, hospice helps the patient to have hope as it relates to his/her terminal illness. Hospice makes the journey easier for both the patient and family.

Home Hospice Care


Mt Berry Hospice provides Home Hospice Care Services which include but are not limited to Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Certified Nurses Assistant, Spiritual Care Coordinators, Volunteers and Physicians.

We understand that for many patients, they receive comfort being at home. We support your decision to keep your loved one at home as long as possible. Should the need arise; we can transfer the patient to our in-patient facility for continued care. Once the situation stabilizes the patient may return home to the surroundings that make them most comfortable.

Mt Berry Hospice is licensed to provide homecare in the following counties; Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Douglas, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield.

Mt Berry is Licensed by the State of Georgia, license # 036-0347-H.

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Contact Us


4300 Martha Berry Hwy NE

Rome, GA 30165

Main - (706) 232 - 1571

Fax - (706) 232 - 1572

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