History

1978

Organizational meeting held at Glenn R. Frye Hospital by concerned citizens. This meeting was coordinated and hosted by hospital administrator Jean Settlemyre.

1979

Organization chartered by the State of North Carolina on September 7, 1979, as Hospice of Catawba Valley, Inc. The first hospice in the Unifour and one of the first three hospices established in North Carolina, all in 1979.

1980

Hired first nurse coordinator and staff person, Josephine (Jo) Bell. HCV admitted the first patient and served 18 patients during the year. Some of the first board members included Bob Gora-President, Tim Roach-Vice President, Tom Taffe-Secretary, Dale Cline-Treasurer, Doug Freeman-Chair for Personnel and Finance, Pat Annas-Chair for Volunteers, Margery Adams-Education, and Dr. Trado-Director of Professional Policy. Additional members included Carolyn Moretz, Nell Thomas, Anne Crotty, Van Grimes, Rev. Randy Ferebee, Flossie Saddler, Pat Jones, Dr. Lee Young, and Dr. Douglas Miller.

1988

Pete Prunkl joined Hospice of Catawba Valley as Executive Director in January.

1989

Certified by Medicare and Medicaid.

1990

Relocated from the First Presbyterian Church in Hickory to the Willard House at 263 Third Avenue NW in downtown Hickory. Served 118 patients with 11 staff members.

1995

Number of patients served increased from 18 in 1980 to 235 in 1995, and staff size increased to 25.

1997

David Clarke joined Hospice of Catawba Valley as Executive Director in March.

1998

Received an outstanding donation of land from Johnnie Buff on Robinson Road in Newton, NC.

1999

Completed a successful capital campaign to support facility construction at the Robinson Road location.

2000

Relocated to the new campus at 3975 Robinson Road in March, which included the Carpenter Hospice Center and Catawba Valley Hospice House. Served 419 patients, and staff size grew to 51.

2001

Initiated two new programs to support community needs: "Transitions" and "Grief in the Schools."

2002

Researched the benefits of expanding the focus of hospice to include palliative care.

2003

Initiated palliative care services and recruited and employed a full-time, certified palliative care and hospice physician.

2004

Hospice of Catawba Valley changed its name to Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley to recognize organizations involvement in both hospice and palliative care services.

2005

Opened new 9-bed Patient Care Facility. Established the Center for Leadership & Learning to provide end-of-life care education to medical professionals and the community. Served 1,095 patients, and staff grew to 134 members.

2006

Became the first hospice in North Carolina to create specialized programs of care for heart failure and dialysis patients. Also one of the first hospices in the United States to employ a full-time Activities Director for the Hospice House. Served 1,424 patients, and staff grew to 160 members.

2007

Began Courage to Care capital campaign to expand PCHCV's inpatient care facilities. Frequent requests for our services prompted an expanded organizational focus to serve Catawba and five of its surrounding counties. Served 1,549 patients, and staff grew to 179 members.

2008

Completed Phase I of Courage to Care campaign. Construction began on expansion. Served 1,929 patients, and staff size increases to 183.

2009

Celebrated our 30 Years of Caring and the opening of the expanded Catawba Valley Hospice House (to 21 beds). Served our 10,000th patient. Changed the name of our palliative care program to “Life Transitions.” Served 2,149 patients, and staff size increased to more than 200.

2010

Broke ground for the Sherrills Ford Hospice House (6-bed unit). Grand opening of the Hospice Thrift Store located on Hwy 321 in Hickory. Established a specialized care program for COPD patients.

2011

Opened the Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford, NC, in September. The 6-bed unit offers better access to residents in the Lake Norman area. 

2012

Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley differentiated its services lines with new DBA entities: Catawba Regional Hospice and Life Transitions (palliative medicine). Increased ability to serve the region thanks to a new 10-county service area.

2013

Named the grand prize winner of the 2013 Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards in Greenville, SC. Recognized for using technology in an innovative way and selected from approximately 90 other entries to win a $10,000 prize.

2014

Premiered a smartphone app to facilitate patient referrals, increasing access to hospice care for both medical professionals and the general public. Achieved Level 4 Partner status in the We Honor Veterans program, a joint initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

2015

Joined National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI). Asked by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to showcase our We Honor Veterans program to US Senator Richard Burr. Opened a palliative medicine clinic at a local oncology practice. Celebrated Hospice Thrift Store's 5th anniversary.