A Message From Our Director
New Bern is a Military Proud Community. Craven County is home to MCAS Cherry Point and home to many active and retired military veterans. We are also home to the second largest National Cemetery in North Carolina. Wreaths across America is a national movement whose mission is to place a memorial wreath on the graves of all national cemeteries. Our local National Cemetery has over 7,000 graves of our nation’s heroes. Craven County Hospice is proud to be a partner of the NHPCO “We Honor Veterans” Program in which we seek to provide quality care to Veterans who are facing end of life illnesses and disease and honor those who have served our great nation. This year we are participating in the effort to insure that a wreath is placed on all the graves in our local cemetery. We want to make it easy for you to do this by making available our Foundation Donation portal to receive donations which will be given to the local effort. On our website, if you will go to the “donations” page, you may make a donation and where it asks you to give in “memory” of….if you will write in “Wreaths” or “Wreaths across America”…we will make sure the money goes to the local American Legion to support this effort. Each wreath is $15 and you may purchase multiple wreaths is you wish. Our portal is secure through “Pay-Pal”…but you do not have to have a PayPal account in order to use the portal. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Statistics show that 10-20% of bereaved persons have complicated reactions to losses that impair their ability to function. If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty dealing with grief, please give us call. Perhaps we can help. We offer bereavement services to anyone in the New Bern, Havelock, Vanceboro, Cove City area (or surrounding areas for that matter).
Craven County Hospice is proud to announce that Dr. Sydney Barnwell, long time Medical Director for our Agency, has come out of retirement to serve as our Medical Director Designee (Assistant Medical Director). Welcome back (officially) Dr. Barnwell!
What do you look for in a Hospice Provider? First of all, trying to decide on a Hospice provider is generally not something anyone does unless you find yourself in a situation where you have exhausted all possibility of finding a “cure” for an illness or condition. Such a decision is often born out of necessity rather than a voluntary act. Always remember, if your doctor diagnoses you or a loved one with an advanced illness, you can choose to ask for and seek Hospice care instead of treatment. Just as you choose your primary medical provider, choosing a Hospice should also be a decision made deliberately after asking your friends and family for suggestions. We have received many positive comments about our television commercials. Each person in our commercials had a story to tell and we simply attempted to capture part of their story in a 30 second commercial (which is nearly impossible…and for each person in our commercials, we had hundreds more who could share similar yet different stories). Craven County Hospice has been a part of the fabric of the New Bern and surrounding areas since 1980. Our hospice provided end of life services before Hospice evolved into an “industry”. We are not part of a regional or national organization. We have always been “not-for profit” since our beginning. We have literally served generations of Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, Lenoir and Jones County citizens. Remember, you have a choice of Hospice providers (there are multiple providers in our area who provide good care). When it is time, please ask for us by name, Craven County Hospice. It is our pledge to offer you the very best end of life care possible. You have our history and you have my word on it. We cannot change the outcome of a life limiting illness or condition, but we can help change the experience. Let us be your Health Care Partner. Thank you for your trust and your support for over 35 years.
Dr. Cecily Saunders, credited with being the founder of the modern day Hospice Movement once said: “You Matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die…” These words summarize the mission of Craven County Hospice.