Welcome to Craven County Hospice

“Your Hometown Hospice for Over 35 Years!”

When you or a loved one are diagnosed with an illness, disease or condition your doctor says will limit your life expectancy, we encourage you to seek any and all treatment as long as it provides the quality of life you desire and are comfortable with. Ask the tough questions, make your wishes and goals known and please don’t hesitate to ask your physician about Hospice Services. 

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We Focus on Living

The goal of Hospice is to provide “Palliative Care”  (the control of  pain and symptoms); utilizing a team of specialists (disciplines) to  provide care including physician services (working together with your doctor of choice), skilled nursing, counselors and social workers, spiritual care specialists, certified nursing assistants, as well as volunteers with a variety of skills and levels of assistance.

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What Is Hospice?

What is Hospice and What Services are Offered?

Hospice is philosophy of care that looks at each individual as being that:  An individual. 

  • Hospice affirms life, yet views death as a normal process. 

  • Hospice will never do anything or administer any medication that would shorten a person’s life prematurely.  Hospice is NOT euthanasia, or assisted suicide.  

  • Hospice care is designed to support patients and families to empower them to face critical illness in their home environment. 

  • Hospice provides bereavement support and counseling.


Services include:

  • Skilled Nursing – in home care focusing on pain and symptom control for the individual.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant – to assist with personal care.

  • Respite Aide – to provide a 3 hour respite break for the family in the home.

  • Hospice Volunteers – trained in handling the varied needs of the patient/family.

  • Social Workers – psychosocial needs of the patient/family.

  • Bereavement Support – provided up to one year after the patient dies.

  • On-call services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Spiritual Care Support – a spiritual care coordinator (Chaplain) to insure patient and family spiritual care needs are met through direct support or coordination with patient/family spiritual support systems. 

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.  

Thomas Smith

Hospice Volunteers

We celebrate our Volunteers! I am the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at Craven County Hospice and would like to honor all volunteers who are dedicated to providing care and support for the patients who are nearing the end of life’s journey.

Across the country, more than 458,000 trained volunteers provide more than 21 million hours of service to Hospice organizations. More than 1.58 million people receive compassionate care from hospice every year, and hospice volunteers are an integral part of the care team.

 Craven County Hospice staff and employees would like to publicly thank our volunteers! These kind people help every day by spending time with the patients, providing pet, music and other alternative therapies, assisting in the office and much more. The work these volunteers do for the patients we serve is invaluable. Their dedication and selfless commitment enables us to fulfill our mission: to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Their acts of compassion both large and small, allow our patients comfort, and companionship that make the difference at a very critical point in their lives.

To Craven County Hospice volunteers and all volunteers, thank you!

Joan Whitley
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Craven County Hospice

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If you would like to become a Hospice Volunteer, please call 


and ask for the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. Your involvement can be a rewarding experience as well as helping our program of care.

Craven County Hospice
2818 Neuse Blvd
New Bern, NC 28561

(252) 636-4930


Craven County Hospice complies with all Federal Civil Rights laws and does not discriminate or treat anyone differently based on their race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and provides free aids and services to anyone with disabilities to communicate effectively such as qualified sign language interpreters, written information in other formats when needed and free language services to individuals and families whose primary language is not English.

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