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Hospice and Home Care Foundation of NC Receives Challenge Grant from SECU Foundation for Hospice and Home Care Pilot


Raleigh, N.C. March 8, 2019
– The member-funded SECU Foundation has announced its support for a new healthcare pilot in partnership with the Hospice and Home Care Foundation (HHCF) of North Carolina. The Foundation’s $268,196 three-year challenge grant will help address the shortage of registered nurses in home health and hospice settings through the development of a comprehensive and systematic program to onboard recent graduates and newly hired nurses to the field. Officials from HHCF were presented with a ceremonial check by SECU Foundation Board Chair Bob Brinson during a special event held at SECU’s Raleigh-Salisbury Street office.

“With the severe shortage of nurses in our industry, and particularly in rural areas, we are delighted that the SECU Foundation has approved a challenge grant to help fund our newest initiative to address this shortage,” said HHCF Executive Director Judy Penn, who also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Association for Home & Hospice Care of NC (AHHC). “Working together with the nursing schools and home care and hospice agencies, new nurse graduates and nurses new to this setting will be better prepared and onboarding will be quicker, ensuring patients will continue to receive quality care in their homes and communities.”

HHCF was established in 1998 by the AHHC to promote the industry, educate consumers, provide workforce development, increase philanthropy efforts, and advance industry standards of care. The HHCF pilot will support these goals by providing substantial education and learning experiences for RN students, including clinical rotation opportunities, one-on-one mentoring with veteran RNs, and a comprehensive and standardized employer-based training model to bring newly graduated nurses on board. Sixteen pilot sites will be selected to participate in partnership with eight nursing education programs at community colleges and universities and eight home health/hospice agencies. 

“This pilot program has the potential to make a great impact in North Carolina – aiding in the recruitment and retention of highly-skilled nurses and addressing the growing need for hospice and home care services in our state,” remarked Mr. Brinson. “HHCF has fostered great relationships within the community for 21 years and has many strong supportive partners. SECU Foundation is delighted to offer our support for this initiative and we hope that the challenge grant will help them move forward.”

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 over 81 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 over 2.3 million members through 265 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone and a website, 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 more than $154 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.

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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 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 | 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 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 for more info.