Since 1990, the Federation has raised more than $950,000 to support quality end of life care for North Carolinians. These dedicated dancers raised over $27,000.00 this year. The proceeds from these efforts will be distributed to nearly 30 hospices in North Carolina through The Carolinas Center.
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The training program was conducted by a distinguished faculty of researchers, educators, authors, and leaders in the field of palliative care. Topic areas included nursing care at the end of life; palliative care; pain and symptom assessment and management; cultural considerations; ethical issues; communication; loss, grief and bereavement; final hours of life; and leadership.
The Carolinas Center is excited about ways we can share this great training through Marisette with other nurses in the Carolinas! Stay tuned!
With a generous endowment from the family of John Lusk, MD, The Carolinas Center annually provides scholarships to individuals from TCC member organizations. The scholarships may be used for any TCC educational event during 2015. This year's winners are:
WFU launched the Bioethics Graduate Program in 2009 to provide an educational opportunity in bioethics at the graduate level for current professionals including health care providers, researchers in biomedicine and the life sciences, lawyers, and professionals in religion, health and research administration, and the biotechnology industry. The Program offers a Masters of Arts (MA) degree and Graduate Certificate options for professional students seeking to enhance their careers. The program is flexible for both full and part-time students. The Bioethics Graduate Program accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
For more information, including program philosophy, course and faculty listings, and application procedures, please visit their website , or contact Vicky Zickmund, Associate Director by email or at (336)716-1499 .
Click here for more information, including comments from Mark Corbett, 2016 alumni of the program and MD at Hospice and Palliative CareCenter in Winston-Salem.
One of every four Americans who dies is a veteran. Catawba Regional Hospice, as part of its commitment to military servicemen and servicewomen, makes it a point to identify and honor each one that the organization serves.
CRH has been recognized as a Level 4 partner in the We Honor Veterans program, a joint collaboration of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This status is held by only three other hospice providers in NC.
The achievement of this highest level of participation caught the attention of US legislators recently, including Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). To understand the impact and solemnity of a veteran’s pinning – which acknowledges military service with a ceremony, a certificate, a lap quilt, and a flag pin – Senator Burr’s field representative, Josh Ward, attended the service honoring PFC Glenn C. Canipe, a World War II veteran.
Following remarks by Dave Clarke (Catawba Regional Hospice’s President/CEO) and veteran volunteer SMSgt Daryl Cornett (assigned to Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters at Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, as the First Sergeant for the Force Generation Center), Ward thanked Canipe for his service.
Canipe fought in the Philippines and was a rifleman and bayonet expert of Company C, 126th Infantry Division. The sole survivor of his 35-man platoon, he is the recipient of five Bronze Stars for heroism and meritorious service.
From October 2014 through October 2015, Catawba Regional Hospice served 262 veterans in its specialized program. Many of these patients were also paired with one of 24 veteran volunteers, who offer a unique understanding of military service, along with companionship and camaraderie.
For more information on Catawba Regional Hospice and its veterans program, call 828.466.0466, visit their website, or like them on Facebook.
Congratulations to Hunter Earl Woodall, MD, FAAHPM, Medical Director at Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson, SC, recipient of the 2015 Timothy S. Llewelyn, MD, Memorial Award. This is the first year the Llewelyn Memorial Award has been given by The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) in honor of the life and memory of long-time board member, Timothy S. Llewelyn, MD. The Llewelyn Memorial Award will be presented annually to a South Carolina physician for his or her outstanding achievements in the improvement of quality health care and service to the medical community.
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Hospice of Scotland County Changes its Name to create awareness among those living in the surrounding counties served by Scotland Regional Hospice.
Congratulations to these TCC members and innovative hospices who are among the 140 hospices chosen to participate in a new model that empowers beneficiaries, their families, and clinicians by providing them with greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment when faced with life limiting illness:
CONGRATULATIONS to 6 TCC Member Hospice Providers receiving "Hospice Honors Elite", which is reserved for those hospices out of the 1700 participating that scored above the national average in 100% of the 18 evaluated. Kudos to all who worked so hard to achieve this recognized level of service:
CONGRATULATIONS to 11 TCC Member Hospice Providers receiving "Hospice Honors", which goes to those hospices providing the highest level of satisfaction among the 1700 on a set of 18 satisfaction indicator measures. Congrats to these hard-working hospices who achieved this recognized level of service:
On Friday March 20, 2015 HPCG hosted a visit and tour with U.S. Representative Mark Walker who represents North Carolina’s 6th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representative Mark Walker’s background is as a pastor who most recently served as Pastor of Arts and Worship at Lawndale Baptist Church. Mark’s wife is a trauma nurse who now works at Cone Health.
Representative Walker was already very familiar with and supportive of hospice care from his time as a pastor working with his parishioners at the end of life. He was also knowledgeable about inpatient hospice having visited patients at Beacon Place and in Winston Salem. When talking about hospice, Representative Walker used the words, “professionalism” and “your team gave the family and me confidence.” He was very complimentary of how well the hospice chaplain and team also worked with the local pastor during the stressful journey at life’s end.
CEO Pat Soenksen provided an overview of the hospice philosophy of care and specifics about the comprehensive scope of HPCG services – hospice home care, long-term care hospice, inpatient hospice at Beacon Place and pediatric hospice and palliative care at Kids Path. They also talked about grief counseling services available to our families and the community through our Counseling and Education Center (CEC) and Kids Path. Because Medicare is a major source of funding for all hospices including HPCG, they discussed what is covered under the Hospice Medicare Benefit and presented the impact of recent hospice reimbursement cuts and rate issues.