Sojourn Center Board Members Visit 3 North Carolina Hospice Houses
On September 18, seven Sojourn Center board members and one Sojourn Center architect, Tom Mullinax with Hospice Design Resource, traveled to visit two hospice houses built and operated by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care out of Mt Airy, NC. The Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home is located in Dobson, NC, in the midst of peaceful farmland with a lovely view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 22,000-square-foot residence features 20 patient suites with outdoor patios along with two large family rooms, a theater, soda shop, children’s playroom, mediation garden, patient salon and spa. Since 2009, the Woltz Hospice Home has served residents of Surry County and surrounding areas.
The second hospice house we visited was the SECU (State Employee Credit Union) Hospice Care Center in Yadkinville, NC that opened on August 1, 2017. The 10,000 square foot facility features six patient suites with private baths and enclosed outdoor patios. Other features include a chapel, a family living room, a kitchenwith dining area, a kids’ playroom, a teen room, a community meeting room with a covered patio, a sunroom, covered porches, and a beautiful courtyard with a view of Pilot Mountain.
The SECU Hospice Care Center was made possible by the “Imagine a Home” capital campaign, kickstarted by a $1 million challenge grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. The campaign raised the remaining funds thanks to generosity of Yadkin County and surrounding counties. The SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin is the first full-service hospice facility in Yadkin County. It is located at 243 North Lee Avenue, Yadkinville, NC, 27055. In addition to serving Yadkin residents, it assists patients residing in Wilkes, Davie and Western Forsyth Counties.
On September 25, five members of the board and Tom Mullinax traveled to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC. Transitions LifeCare has a 20-bed hospice house and is almost ready for occupancy of an additional 10 beds. Their leadership team led us on a tour of the facility and informed us about the development of the project, fundraising and administration of their services.
We are most thankful for the sharing of information, time and expertise by each of these agencies. Please go to our website photo gallery to see pictures taken during our visits.