UNC Health Care dedicates new hospice facility

UNC Health Care recently cut the ribbon to Chatham County’s first inpatient hospice facility and one of the first places to open in the planned Chatham Park development.

UNC Health Care dedicates new hospice facility click to enlarge (L to R): Pam Baldwin, Pittsboro Town Commissioner; Jim Johnson, Chair of the SECU Foundation; Dr. James Bryan and his wife, Betsy Bryan; Tammie Stanton, VP Post Acute and Psychiatric Services; Dr. Brian Goldstein, UNC Hospitals’ Executive VP and COO.

The SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care will serve area patients and their families, providing an end-of-life care option not previously available to local residents. Located at 100 Roundtree Way, in Pittsboro, the 11,000 square-foot facility includes a kitchen, dining room, meditation space, family visiting areas, and 10 private rooms, each with an individual outdoor patio. 

“This is a beautiful facility with a wide range of amenities to make our patients and their families comfortable but I believe it is our caregivers that will help make it feel like a home,” said Brian Goldstein, MD, Chief Operating Officer, UNC Health Care. “This includes a team of nurses, social workers, pastoral and grief counselors, and trained UNC Health Care volunteers with years of expertise in hospice and palliative care services.”

The home is named in honor of retired UNC School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Jim Bryan and his wife, Betsy, for whom the construction of an area hospice is a dream fulfilled. The Bryans have been longtime advocates for hospice care in North Carolina.

“It all started with a trip to London in the 1970’s,” said Dr. Bryan. “There we saw patients receiving end-of-life care in a way that we had never seen before. Their caregivers had thought of everything and we just had to bring this back to North Carolina.”

The inpatient and residential services provided at the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home are built upon the UNC Hospice program’s existing expertise in hospice and palliative care services. Patients and their families will receive support from a team of nurses, social workers, pastoral and grief counselors and trained UNC Health Care volunteers.

Construction of the home was funded in part by a $1 million challenge grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation to the Medical Foundation of North Carolina. Other notable donors to the hospice home include The Duke Endowment, the Volunteer Association of UNC Health Care, Carol Woods Retirement Community, Carolina Meadows, and Galloway Ridge at Fearrington. Preston Development donated the land on which the home was built.

The Hospice Home is scheduled to open later this fall.

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