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$250,000 Grant from SECU Foundation Helps Hospice & Home Care Providers Obtain PPE

 

L to R: Tim Rogers, President/CEO - Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC;  Judy Penn, Executive Director - Hospice and Home Care Foundation of NC;  Jo Anne Sanford, Board Chair - SECU Foundation;  Jama Campbell, Executive Director - SECU Foundation

 


Raleigh, N.C. August 18, 2020 
– SECU Foundation continues to help mitigate the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19 on non-profits that deliver vital services to North Carolinians. A $250,000 general purpose grant was awarded to the Hospice and Home Care Foundation (HHCF) of North Carolina. These funds will be used to help establish a program to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) in bulk for distribution to home health agencies across North Carolina. The grant will fill a funding gap until state or federal funding is secured.

The Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina was established by the Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC in 1998 and represents 750 home health agencies in all 100 counties, employing over 100,000 healthcare workers. COVID-19 safety protocols in place for hospitals, clinics, and residential hospice centers are not guaranteed for in-home settings, placing these front-line healthcare workers and their patients at greater risk. The grant from SECU Foundation will help HHCF maintain a supply of PPE for in-home healthcare and hospice service providers who are unable to meet minimum order requirements to purchase equipment for their staff. Every $50,000 in funding provides a three-month supply of personal protective equipment for 90 staff members.

“As this pandemic continues to spread, serious shortages in healthcare equipment compromise the safety of groups of dedicated, brave individuals who are providing essential services to the citizens of our state. This grant for the Hospice and Home Care Foundation of NC will support the growing needs of home healthcare providers across the state,” said Jo Anne Sanford, SECU Foundation Board Chair. “Personal protective equipment is a vital commodity for healthcare staff who are treating and comforting patients and their families, especially given the scope and impact of this terrible disease. We want to thank HHCF for being a strong advocate for the healthcare industry and making such a deep impact within its workforce, as well as for patients and families being served.”

Judy Penn, Executive Director of Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina shared her sentiments on what the grant means to the organization. She stated, “The Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina is delighted that SECU Foundation has granted us $250,000 to fund our project to bulk purchase PPE for home care, home health, and hospice agencies in North Carolina. COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for these agencies and the vulnerable patients they serve. With the soaring prices of PPE and issues in supply chains, this grant will allow us to purchase and distribute at no cost much needed PPE such as masks, gowns, and gloves to many home health agencies across the state. We are grateful to the SECU Foundation for this grant which will help further the mission of our Foundation in providing critical resources to providers of healthcare at home.”

About AHHC and the HHCF
The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) is a nonprofit trade association representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, personal care, private duty nursing and companion/sitter services. The Association was established in 1972 and currently has a membership of over 750 provider agencies and vendors, who provide products and services to providers. AHHC's mission is to provide Resources, Education, Advocacy and Leadership. Services include: technical assistance, monthly newsletters, quality educational programs, annual directory, email alerts, and political lobbying. AHHC strongly advocates for their members and the many patients they serve, and is recognized by colleagues, regulators, and legislators as one of the most active and effective home care associations in the US.

The Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina (Foundation) is a non-profit foundation that was established in 1998 by the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina. Its primary purposes are: to enhance community awareness of hospice and home care options; to educate consumers, policymakers, and the public at-large about the hospice and home care industry; and to conduct workforce improvement studies focused on hospice and home care programs.

About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 83 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trust and estate planning services, and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves 2.5 million members through 270 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone, a website, www.ncsecu.org and a Mobile App. Members can also follow and subscribe to SECU on Facebook and YouTube. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of nearly $200 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide. In addition to the website, highlights are also available on the SECU Foundation Instagram page.

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Member News

 

After Nearly 20 Years in Business, Hearthside Home Care Converts to FirstLight Home Care Franchise

Greensboro, NC – September 11, 2018 -GREENSBORO, N.C., Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstLight Home Care, a leading national provider of non-medical home care, announces that Hearthside Home Care is joining the FirstLight family, becoming the first independent home care provider to convert to a FirstLight franchise.
Owners and business partners Tina Glenn and Roget de Percin Berendes have been operating Hearthside Home Care in the Greensboro, North Carolina area for nearly 20 years, but realized the market is evolving and partnering with FirstLight's national franchise network offers the best opportunity to thrive.
"It's the fastest way to grow," said Tina Glenn, president and CEO. "FirstLight leverages their national network and relationships on our behalf, which will really help us stand out among the competition. They also offer national marketing and operational support for franchise owners that will help us strengthen and expand our programs so we can continue to provide the best care for our clients."
That excellent care and service will continue as they become FirstLight Home Care of Guilford
Read the Full Press Release Here.

Transitions LifeCare receives $125,000 grant from The Duke Endowment

Raleigh, NC – May 30, 2017 - Transitions LifeCare has received a $125,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to establish a pediatric telehealth program. The Duke Endowment grant will be used to implement pediatric telehealth services for Transitions Kids, a home-based hospice and palliative care program of Transitions LifeCare that supports the unique needs of children birth through age 18 who have a life-limiting illness. Through telehealth, Transitions Kids staff will be able to provide “face-to-face” triage of after-hours needs, conduct family meetings that include providers from collaborating organizations or hospitals, and more quickly respond to the needs of children who live a great distance from the Transitions LifeCare campus. Contact ddye@transitionslifecare.org for more info.

Hospice of Cabarrus County Hosts Interlude Music Workshop

March 4, 2017 -   8:30am-3:00pm @ McKinnon Hospice Center in Kannapolis, NC 
For more info, contact Kathleen.Blackwell-Plank@hpccc.org | 704-403-5226
Explore the use of voice, musical instruments and art to bring comfort to hospice patients and families. Participants will build a repertoire of soothing music for use in the hospice setting and have an opportunity to experience integrative therapies such as therapeautic art and Qigong. Non-musicians will participate through observation and by experiencing the effects of these integrative medicine tools.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Launches Palliative Care Website

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is pleased to announce the creation of The Palliative Care Resource Center, a new website housing comprehensive resources for patients experiencing life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers, and community members who are simply interested in learning more. Visit pcresourcecenter.com for more info.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region President/CEO Receives Award

Pete Brunnick, President and CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, was among 50 CEOs in the Charlotte region to receive Smart CEO's Corporate Culture Award. The award winners have championed for a positive, productive culture in their organization and have worked with employees to develop successful cultural practices. The final roster of winners were chosen by an independent committee of local business leaders, profiled in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at a high-energy awards event. Congrats Pete! Visit hpccr.org for more info.