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Lincoln County Hospice settling in at new location

 

The new Lincoln County Hospice and Palliative Care facility at 900 Donita Drive in Lincolnton.

The new Lincoln County Hospice and Palliative Care facility at 900 Donita Drive in Lincolnton.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County will observe its recent move to a larger facility with a special celebration for the community Thursday at the new location.

Following nearly three decades of being stationed on North Cedar Street in Lincolnton, with little parking and insufficient room inside the facility for the rapidly growing patient count the organization had been experiencing over the years, it was time for the medical group to find a new home to ensure better care of community members and staff.

The organization focuses on providing a unique type of physical, emotional and spiritual care for individuals nearing the end of their lives and others who simply need daily care for long-term illnesses.

Hospice and Palliative Care is now located at 900 Donita Drive in Lincolnton, only one mile from its previous location. Staff and volunteers moved into the new site in early March.

The new facility is not only a free-standing building with increased parking space, but is also nearly double in size, from 2,200 square feet to over 5,000, according to Pete Brunnick, president and CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR).

The Charlotte-based organization merged with the Lincoln County facility back in 1997, a decade after the area nonprofit became a certified hospice site, he said.

The union greatly benefited the local nonprofit since joining a larger operation allowed it to gain access to all the seasoned medical help and innovative technology HPCCR had to offer.

“(Such a merger) allows a hospice located in a small county to have the resources and expertise of a larger region,” Brunnick said.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region is considered the largest organization of its kind on the Southeastern seaboard south of Washington, D.C., and north of Jacksonville, Fla., he added.

At the time of the merger, which transformed the Lincoln County location into one of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region’s six offices across the Piedmont region, the facility only maintained 14 patients. The Lincoln County office has since grown to provide hospice and palliative care for more than 100 people.

“We have grown tremendously,” Brunnick said.

The move has also been a long time coming.

“We’ve been wanting to move for at least three years,” Brunnick said, “and couldn’t find the right piece of property suited for medical care.”

He believes the new location will not only allow the organization to be more visible and accessible for the Lincoln County community, but will also provide increased room and an overall enhanced work experience for the 45-member staff.

In addition, the Donita Drive building houses a clinic for palliative care patients, who can go to the site and see a nurse practitioner or other medical professional in an exam room. Such an opportunity was not available at the previous facility, HPCCR officials said.

Brunnick assured the county residents that they would not be disappointed in the more spacious, patient-friendly facility.

“I hope Lincoln County is proud of its hometown hospice,” he said. “It’s one of the finest in the country.”

The reception for the new office will be 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the Donita Drive location. Drinks and appetizers will be available 5-7 p.m. Individuals wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting Tiffany Petti at (704) 375-0100 or pettit@hpccr.org.

For more information, visit hpccr.org, and for questions about the Lincoln County office, call (704) 732-6146.

 

 

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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