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The Carolinas Center Publishes 2016 Annual Report

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Celebrate your involvement in the two-state association that values hospice and palliative care providers across the Carolinas. If you are not involved or not a member, we invite you to get plugged in! Contact us at info@cchospice.org or 800-662-8859. 



Posted: 06/12/17

 

North Carolinians Dance to Support Hospices Across the State

The Folk, Round and Square Dance Federation of North Carolina (www.ncfederation.org) hosted its annual fall meeting on Saturday, December 3, in Winston-Salem, NC. The Federation and more than 125 Western style dance clubs have been promenading to raise funds for hospices for more than 25 years.

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.

Click here to read the full text TCC Press Release 12.16.16





Posted: 12/19/2016

TCC Receives $1 Million Grant from The Duke Endowment

The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life has received a $1,063,800 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund an innovative online platform for individuals to gain better understanding of their health, while developing advance care plans to address life’s uncertainties. The Endowment grant will be used to create an online platform designed to offer a unique space for people to “own their own health.” This will not only assist individuals in better managing their health, but also in anticipating the need to interact with loved ones and health team about advance care planning. The platform will enable individuals to use many resources to make informed health choices for themselves, together with those they care about.

Click here TCC Press Release 11.17.16 to read the full press release.





Posted: 11/17/2016

The Carolinas Center Publishes 2015 Annual Report

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Posted: 05/31/2016

The Carolinas Center Joins Coalition to Transform Advanced Care

The Carolinas Center is excited to be the first and only state hospice association to join the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read the full text TCC Press Release 8.27.15





Posted: 08/27/2015

The Carolinas Center Publishes 2014 Annual Report

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Posted: 08/20/2015

The Carolinas Center re-centers its mission on patients living with advanced illness and facing end of life

The Carolina’s Center for Hospice and End of Life Care announced today the unveiling of a new name, logo and strategic direction to more accurately reflect and improve understanding of the impact the nonprofit makes in end of life care. The adopted name of the organization is now The Carolinas Center (TCC). “The rebranding coincides with our new strategic vision,” said Cathy Swanson, board chair for The Carolinas Center, and CEO of Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care in Lenoir. “The Carolinas Center’s Board of Directors has offered a new vision that repositions The Carolinas Center in the context of the changing and complex healthcare environment where we operate.”

Click here for the full text of the TCC 8.19.15 Press Release





Posted: 08/19/2015


TCC Staff Member Completes National End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) “Train the Trainer” Course

In July 2015, Marisette Hasan, RN, BSN, Vice President of SC Operations for The Carolinas Center completed a two-day national ELNEC-Core “Train the Trainer” course on end of life care. She attended the course in Atlanta with nurses from the across the country.

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!





Posted: 08/03/2015


TCC Awards the 2015 John Lusk Scholarships

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:

  • Melissa Memoli – Southeastern Hospice
  • Lynn Starnes – Hospice of Laurens County
  • Kristine Gaisford – Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Jenny Mabe – Richmond County Hospice
  • Donna Hampton – Hospice & Palliative CareCenter
  • Member News

    Wake Forest University Bioethics Graduate Program: Where Theory Meets Practice

    The questions of bioethics matter to everyone, especially those near the end of life, their family members and those tasked with providing quality palliative and hospice care for them.

    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.

    



    Posted: 9/8/2016

    Mountain Valley Hospice to Administer National Model for Medicare/Medicaid “Care Choices” Program

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has selected Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care to administer its “Care Choices” demonstration model. Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care provides hospice services to terminally ill patients and their families in 17 counties from 8 locations in North Carolina and Southern Virginia, including Forsyth county. “Care Choices” studies how the quality of life can improve when individuals with a serious illness have access to care focused on comfort as they continue to aggressively treat the illness, with hope of a cure or extended life. The Model focuses on clarifying the patient’s needs and helping with decision-making between the patient and family, his or her primary medical provider, and the Care Choices team.

    Click here to read the entire article.

    



    Posted: 6/24/2016

    Catawba Regional Hospice Veteran Pinning Attended by Senator’s Office

    Newton, NC – November 20, 2015

    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. 



    Posted: 12/2/2015

    Dr. Hunter Earl Woodall Receives 2015 Llewelyn Award

    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.

    Click here to read more about this award. 



    Posted: 11/23/2015

    Hospice of Scotland County Announces Name Change

    Hospice of Scotland County Changes its Name to create awareness among those living in the surrounding counties served by Scotland Regional Hospice.

    



    Posted: 11/2/2015

    Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chooses 6 TCC Member Hospices to Participate in Medicare Care Choices Model

    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:

  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County
  • Hospice of Union County
  • Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County
  • Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley
  • Amedisys Hospice of SC
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    Posted: 7/20/2015

    Deyta Announces 2015 Hospice Honors Recipients

    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:

  • Hospice of Davidson County Hinkle Hospice House
  • Hospice of Iredell County
  • Hospice of Stanly County
  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center - Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion
  • Amedisys Hospice of South Carolina - Florence
  • Hospice & Community Care
  • 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:

  • Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell
  • Hospice & Palliative CareCenter Davie County
  • Hospice & Palliative CareCenter Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home
  • Hospice & Palliative CareCenter Rowan County
  • Hospice of Davidson County
  • Hospice of Rutherford County SECU Hospice House
  • Hospice of Yancey County
  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center SECU Hospice House of Brunswick
  • Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Amedisys Hospice of SC -Columbia
  • Hospice of Chesterfield County
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    Posted: 4/14/2015

    Hospice & Palliative Care Greensboro Welcomes Rep. Mark Walker

    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.

    



    Posted: 3/23/2015

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    The Carolinas CenterFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 2:17am
    Dignity therapy has gained traction in recent years as hospitals, hospice organizations and palliative care centers look for drug-free ways to pacify patients. It involves multiple 30- to 60-minute question-and-answer sessions, usually conducted by a psychologist, social worker or trained chaplain.
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    The Carolinas CenterFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 1:23am
    Hospice + Technology = Dream come true for a 37-year-old diver who had always wanted to swim the Great Barrier Reef
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    The Carolinas Center shared Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance Caswell's post.Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 8:35am
    A congratulatory shout-out to Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell and their screening events of the PBS documentary, "Being Mortal" and conversation about giving people a voice in their own health care.
    The Carolinas Center
    The Carolinas CenterWednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 4:53am
    Dying has its own biology and symptoms. It’s a diagnosis in itself. While the weeks and days leading up to death can vary from person to person, the hours before death are

    Some symptoms -- similar across the vast majority of human afflictions during the hours before death -- like the death rattle, air hunger and terminal agitation, appear agonizing, but aren’t usually uncomfortable for the dying person. They are well-treated with medications. With hospice availability increasing worldwide, it is rare to die in pain.
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    The Carolinas CenterSunday, June 18th, 2017 at 4:36pm
    "When we started hospice, I felt defeated. We were taking our little girl home to die. And this is, of course, what happened in the end. What I could not have imagined is that hospice would give us 18 beautiful months and that they would the happiest of my life."

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