Committed to the health and well-being of the people
of Western North Carolina
CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care of McDowell County began with an idea in a Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Marion. Led by Dr. Jerrill McEntire, the class expressed a desire to bring hospice programming to McDowell County. Professionals and laypersons established a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1991, with intensive fundraising and volunteer trainings soon following. Then called Hospice of McDowell, the newly-formed non-profit accepted its first patient in the fall of 1994. The organization became Medicare-certified in 1995.
Originally, the group operated from an office in the Courthouse Annex. Later, First Baptist Church donated the “Hagna House” for $1 per year to serve as an operational home. Offices remained there until September of 2006, after a successful fundraising initiative allowed the group to move to 575 Airport Road. In October of 2006, Hospice of McDowell affiliated with CarePartners. Although Hospice of McDowell is now known as CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care, the group still offers the same service and the same dedicated to the people of McDowell.
Community Services Offered:
CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care of McDowell offers:
- Hospice & Palliative Care Services
- Adult Grief Sessions on Mondays at 5:30pm. Opportunities will be provided for participants to express grief in healthy ways, learn self-care techniques and to commemorate and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Anyone interested in attending should call Diane Brooks at 828-652-1318 or 828-442-9931.
- Child Grief & Loss Support groups for preschoolers, elementary-aged children, and teens. Part of this includes a real-life crisis skills program for children experiencing a crisis. For information, call 828.659.7068.
- We Honor Veterans Program: We are a proud 4 star level partner of this national program co-sponsored by National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration to connect Veteran Volunteers with Veteran Hospice patients. These Veteran-to-Veteran volunteers bring honor to those who served and help the patients and their families heal. To volunteer, contact Eric Davis at 828.652.1318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care of Mcdowell could not exist without the support and goodwill of the community. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help. Thanks for asking!
SHARE: The most positive way for others to hear about hospice is through you. Let your physician know how hospice has touched you, so they will know how hospice will benefit other patients. Talk about hospice care to your friends, neighbors, church groups, and employers.
We do not recommend that families volunteer for hospice until after the first anniversary of a loved one’s death. After the first year, we encourage you to get involved.
INVITE: If you know of a civic organization, club or church group that would like to have a guest speaker, please call us with a contact name. We’ll set up a speaker to attend the event.
VOLUNTEER: Everyone has talents they can share. CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care of Mcdowell needs your talents. Our volunteers performs a varied, valuable service for our patients and staff. View a listing of volunteer opportunities below. Hospice volunteers help in a variety of ways. Some just listen and bring comfort to patients and families. Others run errands, assist with light housekeeping, give caregivers respite, or serve in other direct-care ways. We also welcome volunteers to work in our home store, all the proceeds from which benefit our services! All volunteers receive extensive training to ensure they are comfortable in their roles.
Opportunities are limited only by the imagination when it comes to helping Hospice serve those facing end-of-life in McDowell County. Call our Volunteer Coordinator if you have an idea. He can be reached at 828.652.1318 or email email@example.com.
How to Give:
Click on the Make a Gift button at the top of our website: www.carepartners.org and designate your gift to: Hospice Fund of McDowell County or mail your gift to CarePartners Foundation, Hospice Fund of McDowell County, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. Remember that all gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one if you so choose.