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  Hospice Director:
Medical Director:
Medical Director Designee:
Hospice Clinical Supervisor:
Thomas Smith
Dr. Robert Fisher
Dr. Richard Lynch

2818 Neuse Blvd
New Bern, NC 28561
hospice@cravencountync.gov  (252) 636-4930


Craven County Hospice

"Your Home Town Hospice For Over 35 Years"

Celebrating 35 years of Caring for Craven, Jones, Carteret, Lenoir and Pamlico Counties

A Message from the Director of Craven County Hospice
Thank you to all the sponsors and generous donors who attended our annual Spring Breakfast, May 25.  It was a great event, held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  Linda Staunch gave an inspiring, challenging presentation as our guest speaker...urging everyone in attendance to enjoy life, every moment of it, but also to plan for the future.  That planning includes completing Advanced Directives and telling your family what your wishes for your health care are.  We still have money coming in from the Breakfast, but I can report to you that the total is above what we raised last year!  Your generosity helps Craven County Hospice provide needed services that are not covered under the Medicare Hospice Benefit.  In particular, we offer the services of a "Respite Aide" to those who need the service.  A Certified Nursing Assistant will spend up to 3 hours in a Hospice patient's home so the caregiver can have a much needed break.  It is difficult, both physically and emotionally to provide care to a loved one 24 hours a day.  This extra benefit means so much to our patient families because they can do something for "themselves" if they wish.  We are thankful for the support of our Community and pledge to continue to provide "World Class Hospice Service" to the patients and families we serve.  
Tuesday August 2, Craven County Hospice, CarolinaEast Medical Center and Cotten Funeral Home will once again sponsor the Hospice Foundation of America's Living with Grief Webinar at the Carolina East Auditorium.  The presentation will begin at 9 AM and conclude at 12 Noon.  This year's subject is:  "Managing Conflict, Finding Meaning".  We have an excellent local panel which will be part of the presentation.  This year, thanks to Cotten Funeral Home, we are able to offer no cost CE credits to those who have professional licenses and seek CE credit for attending.  Please join us for this special event on August 2.   
Another Future Event, we will partner with CarolinaEast to present a free screening of the Frontline Documentary featuring Dr. Atul Gawande entitled:  "Being Mortal".  In the Documentary, Dr. Gawande gives us a glimpse into his personal struggle as a surgeon and helps guide the viewer in accepting the universal fact that we all are going to die.  Dr. Gawande urges us all to have the conversation with our physicians and express what is most important to you, then choose a treatment plan of care that supports your wishes.  Look for details about the event in the days ahead.      
If you would like for myself or one of our dedicated staff to speak to your civic club, church or community organization, Give us a call.  We will be glad to come and share information about the difference Hospice can make in a person's life, Advanced Directives or just answer questions.  
Craven County Hospice is proud to offer quality healthcare at home to everyone needing care who suffers from a life threatening illness or condition.  Want more information?  Give us a call.  We will schedule a no cost or obligation consultation to discuss ways Hospice Care can benefit you or someone you love.  

When it is time, please ask for us by name, Craven County Hospice.  We are "Your Hometown Hospice".

Thomas Smith, Director

"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." 

Dame Cicely Saunders (Credited with being the Founder of Present Day Hospice Care Movement)

Don't Be Afraid of Hospice

​For many people Hospice is a "four letter word", a word no one really wants to hear.  It is difficult to face the reality of our own mortality.  We want to think there is "one more treatment  or "something else" our physician can do that will give us more time to live.  Certainly, Craven County Hospice encourages everyone to seek treatment as long as it provides longer quality of life.  When faced with a diagnosis of an illness or condition that will limit your life, please don't hesitate to ask your physician about Hospice Services.  We are always here to help you face that journey.  You are not alone!  If you hear the words:  "There's nothing that can be done...", Hospice is the "something else".  Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides palliative (pain and symptom control) comfort and practical help to you and your family in your home.  Questions?  Please don't hesitate to give us a call.  Our own internal surveys show 100% of those responding would recommend our services to friends and family.    One hundred percent of physicians that use our service indicate they would refer patients to our service again.  

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
          Mark Twain, American novelist and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Advanced Directives (Living Will)?

Have you completed your Advanced Directives (sometimes referred to as  "Living Will")?  We can help you if you have not done so.  If you would like more information, give us a call, or visit:  https://fivewishesonline.agingwithdignity.org.   To appoint a Health Care Power of Attorney, you do not need to consult an attorney (although your attorney can help you if you wish).  Don't assume that completing a Financial Power of Attorney is the same as designating a Health Care Power of Attorney. Completing a Health Care Power of Attorney does not give that person any legal power over your finances, it merely appoints a "Health Care Agent", someone to make decisions on your behalf relating to your healthcare when you are not able to.    

 "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

           Mahatma Gandhi, Indian philosopher (1869 - 1948)


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.
  • Nurse Aide - 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. 

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. 

 At Craven County Hospice we:

"Focus on Living"


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

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.

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*Craven County Hospice gratefully accepts contributions, memorials and honorarium gifts. Such gifts are an essential part of the agency's operating budget and enables us to serve patients who are uninsured or are unable to pay for Hospice services.*

Checks may be made payable to:
Craven County Health Department  ( or CCHD Hospice) Foundation, Inc. 

PO Drawer 12610

New Bern, NC 28561





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