Posted tagged ‘Pete Brunnick’

Our Unsung Hero

May 5, 2016

Unsung Hero_croppedWe are so very pleased to announce that our very own President & CEO, Pete Brunnick, received a prestigious award today. This morning at the Charlotte Convention Center, Pete accepted the Unsung Hero award, one of Leadership Charlotte’s Legacy Awards. Each year Leadership Charlotte recognizes organizations and individuals who create lasting change and measurable difference in our community. This year, Pete was one of those individuals honored and all of us at HPCCR couldn’t be more proud! He was chosen for “working tirelessly behind the scenes to improve the organization’s finances, leadership, and patient service offerings”. Well done, Pete! Congratulations!


Are you listening? Do you hear?

April 28, 2014

by Carol Anne Lawler, HPCCR Communities of Faith Liaison

listeningThe above title constituted the theme of the United in Hope for Our Community Prayer Breakfast that I attended several weeks ago at First Christian Church in Lincolnton, NC.  The minister, Rev. Kathy Naish, raises her own chickens, and so breakfast was made with her own organic eggs, directly from her hen house.  She even made gravy, to the delight of a few of the more boisterous ministers, who clamored for sausage gravy, at every turn, in the preceding weeks. Breakfast was indeed tasty and it was only the precursor of what was to come.

Kathy Vinzant, Executive Director of the United Way in Lincoln County, was the speaker who shared her life story, which included a number of challenges as she grew up.  As an adult, working on the issues of domestic violence and child abuse, she told us about a woman who called her to say she really needed to talk.  Well, Kathy met with her in a school parking lot, and they talked for several hours.  She later found out the woman had planned to take her own life that very afternoon.  Are you listening?  Do you hear?

That was just one example among a number of other personal ways Kathy’s life has touched others.  She concluded her remarks by saying that she couldn’t sew, couldn’t cook, couldn’t sing, etc.  But that God had given her a life – to use.  And so she has, and still does, make a difference by working with United Way, an organization that has consistently been generous to Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County.

Those sitting at their tables were given a slip of paper with a prayer topic –within the community and in the world – for those who suffer and were in need of prayer.  In a day and age when almost every subject begins and ends divisively, words of connection, thoughts for healing, and intention for one’s highest good was the order of the day.  We accomplished much in a short hour and a half that Tuesday.

So how does a prayer breakfast in Lincolnton relate to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region?  For one thing, the community was able to meet our Lincoln County chaplains, Earlynne Bartley and Walt Windley, who do a wonderful job of meeting people’s spiritual needs for our organization.  Second, as Faith Community Liaison, part of my role is to build relationships, provide education, and be a resource within the faith community.  I submit to you that relationships were deepened and friendships formed because we came together for the common good.  And as HPCCR President & CEO Pete Brunnick recently said at the unveiling of the new Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County office, “This is your hospice. We couldn’t do this without you.”

That is so true. We simply need to take more opportunities to come together around what unites us.  In hope.  One faith community at a time.  Or, one community coming together in faith.

Are you listening?  Do you hear?


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.

Hill Day perspective

April 14, 2011

by Pete Brunnick, HPCCR President & CEO

Last week, eight members of the Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region management team attended the 26th annual National Hospice and Palliative Care Management and Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  The theme for this year’s event was “Navigating the Sea of Change”.  Attended by over 1,500 hospice leaders from across the nation, the conference offered us a forum to share, and in some cases commiserate, about how we as hospice providers must adapt to the new reality created by the health care reform initiatives contained within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

The annual NHPCO meeting is also a time for sharing best practices with other providers and finding out what works and what doesn’t work in our operational approaches; ways in which we can learn to make ourselves more effective organizations.  However, overshadowing these numerous opportunities to learn remained the dark cloud of health care reform and the sundry list of unanswered questions we are facing as hospice providers.  The hospice movement has indeed come of age and we can no longer fly under the radar of reform.  Because of reform there is significant unrest among providers as we struggle to understand our place in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other new models of delivery that promote patient-centered care. 

The operational challenges of health care reform are daunting but the recognition of patient-centered care as the desired state of health care is noble.  This recognition actually validates what hospice has been all about since the inception of hospice care in this country (in the mid-seventies).  Hospice has always offered a team approach to care; a patient’s wishes are respected and the whole person is recognized.  To see the entire health care spectrum recognizing this new reality was both inspiring and energizing for our team. 

As our delegation departed Washington to return home, we said goodbye to the numerous colleagues we had shared time with during the week, and we left with a greater perspective and appreciation for what so many do across the nation to provide this vitally important service we call hospice.  Even though we returned home to stacks of unopened mail and unanswered emails, our time away was important as we prepare for our brave new world of the health care reform movement.

In addition to his many duties as HPCCR President and CEO, Pete is a member of the NHPCO National Quality and Standards Committee.