A Message From Our Director
Saturday, October 21, at the Bear Town Cinema 6, 2806 Trent Road, New Bern, Craven County Hospice, Viadent Health and Bear Town Cinema present a free film presentation and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary featuring Dr. Atul Gawande as he explores the meaning of “Being Mortal”. Gawande, author of the book by the same name allows the viewer to travel with him through his own personal journey as he explores the concepts of quality of life verses quantity of life and how to live fully through the process of dying. While suitable for all audiences, it is suggested that anyone who attends be at least 18 years old. A discussion of the importance of an Advance Directive will be discussed and professionals will be present to help guide the discussion. Again, this is a free screening, but refreshments will be available for purchase. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a showing of “Being Mortal” to a church or civic group, call me at 252-636-4930.
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.