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Milestones

March 12, 2014

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

36th anniversaryWe are patting ourselves on the back here at HPCCR.  Why you ask?  Well, because we reached a couple of milestones over the past week and we’re pretty proud.

On Saturday, March 8, we marked our 36th year of providing end-of-life care in the Charlotte region.  President and CEO Pete Brunnick pretty much sums it up, “For some of us, that seems pretty young, but what an ever-changing and dynamic life our organization has had.  To think that just 36 years ago we were literally a ‘church basement organization’ and to see what we are today really is amazing.  I have always emphasized that we are not good just because we are big.  Rather, our patients and their families choose us because of our excellence in care and our commitment to always put them first.”  Yep, we have honed our skills over the years and we know what we’re doing.  You can plan on us being around a LONG time!

On Monday, March 10, we marked the 4th year of this very blog, Hospice Matters.  I can’t tell you how gratifying it’s been to see readership grow, to see the effect our stories have on those of you who tune in week after week.  Since we started this blog, we’ve posted over 300 times and we’ve not missed a single week!  You know what that means?  It means that we’re not just dedicated to our patients and families, we are also dedicated to YOU, loyal readers!

We would be remiss if we did not thank everyone who supports this organization and what we do.  Without you, we would most certainly not be celebrating these milestones.  And for that, you have our sincere appreciation.  So I guess you can give yourselves pats on the back as well (on our behalf).  And maybe go get a cupcake.  We won’t tell.

Thanksgiving clichés from the heart

November 23, 2011

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

Maybe you dreaded it as a kid — the ritual of going around the dining room table so that each person could share what he or she was thankful for.  It put you on the spot, didn’t it?  You knew you should think of something different each year rather than repeat the same clichéd phrases: my mom and dad, my brother/sister, my health. . . .But as you’ve gotten older, has the ritual changed for you?  Become more meaningful because you have a better capacity to appreciate the blessings in your life?  I know it has for me. 

I am thankful for so many things.  Yes, all the clichéd ones: my husband and children, the health of my parents and other family members, a sturdy roof over my head every night.  But for the past few years, I’ve had one more thing to add to my list. 

I am thankful for this job.  I am thankful for the opportunity it brings me each day to educate our community about the benefits of end-of-life care.  I really didn’t know much about hospice care before I started working here.  I had no idea that the words “good” and “death” could be used in the same sentence, much less right next to each other.  But now I do.  And I hope that by reading some of the posts we’ve had on Hospice Matters that you know a little more about it too.

I am also thankful for you, the readers of this blog, who take a few minutes out of your day a couple of times a week to take in our message.  And I am especially grateful to those of you who make comments on the blog so that we know those messages are being heard.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  And when it’s your turn to share what you’re thankful for, don’t be afraid to go back to the clichés.  They come from the heart and that’s all that matters.

We’re dining out for hospice all month. So should you.

November 7, 2011

By now, you loyal Hospice Matters readers are probably familiar with our “Dining Out for Hospice” days which are held periodically during the year at some awesome local restaurants.  So you know the drill: our wonderful supporters (that’s you!) eat at the restaurant and a portion of the restaurant’s daily proceeds are donated to us.  It’s a win-win.  You get a delightful meal and we get a kind donation.  Not to mention, local restaurants get extra business.

Well, guess what?  You’re going to have some serious eating to do during the month of November.  And we’re not talking about Thanksgiving.  That’s because, in honor of National Hospice Month, some generous restaurants have decided to participate in an entire month of “Dining Out for Hospice”.  And it starts today!

As of now, there are 10 dates and 13 restaurants.  You’ll have options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  You’ll be able to choose from upscale dining to simple, down home cooking.  You can indulge in everything from burgers and barbeque to crab cakes and herb-encrusted lamb.  We aim to please every palate and every pocketbook. 

The upshot?  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to support one of our regional offices.  Because there are participating restaurants in various parts of Charlotte and also in Huntersville, Davidson, Denver, and Lincolnton.  We’ve got all the details you’ll need (including links to menus!) in the calendar of events on our website, so please check it out.  Maybe when you’re hungry.  That would be a good time.   

So now the ball is in your court.  We’ve set everything up and all you have to do is walk in the door of one of these establishments and eat up!  What’s a few more meals out to support an amazing cause??  And let’s face it, no one loses weight during November or December anyway.  That’s what New Year’s resolutions are for.

Monday, November 7
Trio Restaurant
10709 McMullen Creek Pkwy., Charlotte
Lunch & Dinner, 11am-9pm

Carpe Diem
1535 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte
Dinner, 5-10pm

Tuesday, November 8
Fatz Café
1430 E. Main Street, Lincolnton
Lunch & Dinner, 11am-10pm

Thursday, November 10
The Home Place Restaurant
1700 W. Highway 27, Lincolnton
Lunch & Dinner, 10am-8pm

Dressler’s (Metropolitan)
1100-E Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte
Lunch & Dinner, 11:30am-10pm

Dressler’s (Birkdale Village)
8601 1-A Lindholm Dr., Huntersville
Dinner, 5-10pm

Monday, November 14
Hannah’s BBQ
101 Sanford Rd., Lincolnton
Lunch & Dinner, 11am-9pm

Tuesday, November 15
36th Street Bakery & Café
101 N. Court Square, Lincolnton
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 7am-9pm 
 
Wednesday, November 16
Sports Page Food & Spirits
179 Cross Center Drive, Denver
Dinner, 5-10pm 
 
North Harbor Club
100 N. Harbor Place Dr. #D, Davidson
Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 5-9pm 
 
Thursday, November 17
The Home Place Restaurant
1700 W. Highway 27, Lincolnton
Lunch & Dinner, 10am-8pm 
 
Monday, November 21
Sabi Asian Bistro
130 Harbour Place Dr., #120, Davidson
Lunch & Dinner, 11am-11pm 
 
Monday, November 28
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – Uptown
225 E. Sixth Street, Charlotte
Lunch & Dinner, 11am-1am 
 
Tuesday, November 29
Pewter Rose Bistro
1820 South Blvd., Charlotte
Lunch & Dinner, 10am-9pm 

Restaurant X
408 South Main St., Davidson
Lunch & Dinner, 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm

Meet Lee Wilson

July 1, 2011

Lee Wilson, Senior Director of HPCLC

It’s been almost a month since Leslie Barlowe retired from Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County.  And yes, we miss her.  But it’s time for you loyal Hospice Matters readers to get to know Lee Wilson, our brand spankin’ new director of the Lincoln County office.  Because he’s off to a great start!

Lee joined our organization in 2007.  Funny thing was, he was working for a different hospice organization and was looking for new recruits to join his team.  Turns out, some contacts he knew from HPCLC told Lee that he should consider the available social worker position within their organization.  Lee was intrigued.  The number of hats he was wearing for his job at the time was weighing him down and the thought of focusing on just one main job was liberating, to say the least.  With a Masters in Social Work and a career history in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and hospice, Lee was a perfect candidate.  He took the job.

Lee was impressed with how integrated HPCLC was within the Lincolnton community and it was a big factor in his decision to join the organization.  “I could sense such a passion for this organization from the community.  And vice versa.  Our staff members are not just caring for patients.  They’re caring for their neighbors; the people they grew up with.”

He was also impressed that Leslie took great care making sure that he was adjusting to his position and showing an interest in his personal growth.  “It was clear that she wanted me to be successful.  She took such an interest in her staff and really encouraged us.”  And four years later, when Leslie decided to retire, she once again encouraged him — to take on the position of senior director of Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County

So Lee Wilson finds himself in the driver’s seat, during one of the most challenging times that the hospice industry, as a whole, has faced.  With increased competition, and tightening budgets, Lee is carving his own path and trying to create his own successful legacy, as Leslie Barlowe did before him.  “I want us to grow, but we need to be intentional in our growth.  We need to maintain our core values and, most of all, our integrity.  We’ll grow and we’ll still provide extraordinary care in our community.”

Lee Wilson’s got his foot on the pedal and the car in gear.  And an open road ahead of him.  It’s going to be a great trip.

An experiment gone right

March 10, 2011

One year ago today, Hospice Matters (which wasn’t the title quite yet, but who’s keeping record?) published its very first post.  Since then, we have published 108 more and we’re really just getting started. 

Social networking began as an experiment for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, but has evolved into an important component of our overall marketing strategy.  We truly feel that we are raising awareness about end-of-life care by prompting discussion and fostering education. 

Social media is a give and take.  We give, our supporters take.  And vice versa.  So we would be remiss if we did not thank all of our loyal subscribers, our weekly readers, and our thoughtful posters.  (You know–the people who make comments.  Not the paper you hang on the wall.)  As we see our number of views increase, we are further encouraged that we are doing the right thing–in terms of our mission and our outreach efforts. 

An experiment always has the potential to fail.  You look at the risks, you weigh the consequences, and then you make an educated decision about the outcome.  This time, we were right.  So excuse us while we head out to buy some lottery tickets.  We gotta feeling we’re on a roll here.