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AHHC of NC Presents 2019 HOME Awards at 47th Annual Conference

Raleigh, NC – April 29, 2019  The Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC of NC) hosted its 47th annual conference April 29-30 with a clear focus on how home health, home care, palliative care, and hospice services can assist patients and families to remain at home with excellent clinical care and outcomes. The event took place at the Raleigh Convention Center and drew hundreds of healthcare professionals from around the state to discuss improved ways to provide care, support patients and families, and deliver exceptional care wherever a patient may call home. The opening day was anchored by William Dombi, President and CEO for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice who shared insight on the direction of care at the national level. Monday’s Annual Awards Ceremony honored the late Richard Morgan, former Speaker of the House. He was presented an award by AHHC President and CEO, Tim Rogers, and it was accepted by his wife, Cindy Morgan, AHHC's VP of Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovations. The late Sherry Leigh Thomas, former Senior Executive Vice President of AHHC, was honored as well with an award given in her name in the presence of her family and friends. These individuals were instrumental in the growth & development of the home care & hospice industry in North Carolina.

The conference drew local and national vendors of products and services for home & hospice care providers, as well as experts from around the country to present topics pertinent to the advancement, awareness, and quality of healthcare at home. 

The Awards Ceremony recognized the excellence of individuals who are dedicated to promoting healing, extending life, and alleviating pain and suffering, all the while keeping families together and providing the greatest degree of freedom, independence, and dignity possible. These are the true heroes in home care, home health and hospice, who serve on the front line every day, encountering numerous challenges often with a smile on their face and a fierce determination to persevere on behalf of their patients. The awards were presented by AHHC’s President and CEO, Tim Rogers. The recipients are as follows:

(from left to right)

Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year:
Gina Murray, RN, BSN – Aware Senior Care

Leslie Carswell Leadership Award:
Heather Smith, PT, MS, DPT – Advanced Home Care

Administrative Support Person of the Year: 
Betsy Tysinger – Advanced Home Care

Family Caregiver of the Year:
Lynn Beaver, RN

Paraprofessional of the Year:
Trisha Christopher, LPN – Advanced Home Care

Physician of the Year:
Philip Asenso, MD – Elohim HouseCall Doctors

Nominees for the HOME Awards are submitted annually and AHHC’s Public Relations and Communications Committee has the important, and difficult, task of selecting the winners each year. The Awards are presented every year at the Association for Home & Hospice Care’s Annual Conference & Expo. Congratulations to all the nominees and to this year’s Award Recipients!

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.



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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.