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Message from the CEO

Hospice and the Pottery Plus Auction

Charles T. Frock
Chief Executive Officer
FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Every day, FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of people. The FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care staff of 49 includes nurses, nurses' aides, social workers, grief counselors, a chaplain, administrative personnel and medical director, all committed to providing quality care and dignity to their patients. Ellen Willard, M.D., hematologist and oncologist, serves as medical director for FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care. Her skill and dedication to Hospice care make her an invaluable resource to staff and patients.

Traditional Hospice care centers on people facing life-limiting illness, seeing that they are comfortable and, as much as possible, free from pain. It also extends to their families and friends, providing assurance that life goes on even as life is ending.

FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care offers this traditional care and more. Consider, for example, the Substitute Caregiver program that offers temporary assistance to patients needing caregiving beyond what the family is able to provide. There is also Camp Lost and Found, which provides a hint of summer normalcy to children and teens grieving over the loss of a loved one. And the Grief Resource and Counseling Center that offers free group and individual counseling support to families and friends who have faced or are facing a loss.

The list goes on and on.

FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care can offer these services—and many more—for a couple of reasons. First are the specially trained volunteers—this area is rich with them—who augment the work of the professional staff by donating their time and talents in hundreds of ways. Then there is the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, whose financial support assures that no one needing any kind of Hospice care is ever refused that care.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation will hold its major fundraiser of the year. It’s called the Pottery Plus Auction, and the specifics of that unique evening are highlighted beginning on page 16 of this issue of FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

This will be the 13th year for the Pottery Plus Auction, which began as a simple event at the Hospice office building on Aviemore Drive in Pinehurst and now fills the ballroom at the Country Club of North Carolina. It is anchored in the sale of pottery made by the talented craftsmen who live and work throughout North Carolina Pottery Country, a region that covers a large part of FirstHealth’s primary service area. In the past few years, it has also grown to include numerous “plus” items—vacation getaways, jewelry, tickets to major sporting events and more.

This is an event that supports a truly worthy cause. It is also a lot of fun. I hope you will join me there.

Special winter edition
You have probably noticed the abbreviated size of this issue of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. That’s because we are preparing an expanded issue for our winter edition. That special “Because FirstHealth cares” issue will highlight all of the programs and services FirstHealth of the Carolinas offers above and beyond the daily business of caring for patients. Look for it in early December.