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US Hospice Operators Hospices of Cleveland County and Charlotte Region Merge
Friday 20 November 2020

US-based hospice services providers Hospice Cleveland County and Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region have joined forces to form a single organisation with greater capacity to provide care for patients across 23 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina, the companies said.

Under an agreement signed by the organizations, Hospice Cleveland County will operate as a separate but affiliated subsidiary with the same name, staff and high-quality care it is known for, and Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region will continue its growth as the state's largest nonprofit hospice provider.

The merger also calls for creation of an independent philanthropic foundation in Cleveland County that will support local nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies.

Peter Brunnick, president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, will lead the combined organization, serving a daily census of approximately 2,600 patients in the Carolinas. No immediate changes are planned as both organizations will continue to provide the same services and staffing across the combined service area.

With constant evolution in healthcare policy, reimbursement and delivery, Brunnick said the combined resources of the two hospice providers will help the organization stay ahead of change, remain competitive and enhance the quality of care.

The two organizations have collaborated frequently over the years, and both achieve superior rankings on the federal government's Hospice Compare quality measures of hospice providers nationally.

Over 35 years, Hospice Cleveland County has served thousands of patients and their families in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties, and now operates two hospice houses.

Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region is the state's first hospice, founded 42 years ago, and provides a range of services in the Carolinas, including four hospice houses.

Hospice delivers care and support for patients with terminal illnesses, with a focus on relieving patients' pain and other symptoms, attending to their emotional and spiritual needs, and providing support for their families and caregivers.
Date Published: 20/11/2020