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AHHC of NC Presents 2018 HOME Awards at 46th Annual Conference

Durham, NC – May 7, 2018 – The Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC of NC) hosted its 46th annual conference May 7-9 with a clear focus on how home health, home care, palliative care, and hospice services can assist patients and families to remain at home with excellent clinical care and outcomes. The event, based in Durham, NC, drew hundreds of healthcare professionals from around the state to discuss improved ways to provide care, support patients and families, and deliver exceptional care wherever a patient may call home. The opening day was anchored by both William Dombi, President and CEO for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and Edo Banach, President and CEO for the National Association for Hospice and Palliative Care who each shared insight on the direction of care at the national level. Monday’s Annual Awards Ceremony recognized heroes in home care and hospice along with Senator Mike Woodard and the AHHC Legislator of the Year, Representative Josh Dobson. The conference drew local and national vendors of products and services for home & hospice care providers, as well as experts from around the country to present topics pertinent to the advancement, awareness, and quality of healthcare at home. 

The Awards Ceremony recognized the excellence of individuals who are dedicated to promoting healing, extending life, and alleviating pain and suffering, all the while keeping families together and providing the greatest degree of freedom, independence, and dignity possible. These are the true heroes in home care, home health and hospice, who serve on the front line every day, encountering numerous challenges often with a smile on their face and a fierce determination to persevere on behalf of their patients. The Awards were presented by AHHC’s President and CEO, Tim Rogers. The recipients are as follows:

(from left to right)

Carolyn Cusic Professional of the Year:
Larry Dawalt, MDiv, Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Services, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

Volunteer of the Year
Sarah Woodard, Hospice Volunteer, Duke Home Care & Hospice 

Agency Support Personnel of the Year
Vicki Quintana, RN, BSN, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Transitions LifeCare, founded as Hospice of Wake County

Nurse Aide of the Year
Darlene Rees, Certified Nursing Assistant II, Duke HomeCare & Hospice

Nominees for the HOME Awards are submitted annually and AHHC’s Public Relations and Communications Committee has the important task of selecting the winners each year. The Awards are presented each year at the Association for Home & Hospice Care’s Annual Conference & Expo. Congratulations to all the nominees and to this year’s Award Recipients!

The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) is a nonprofit trade association representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, personal care, private duty nursing and companion/sitter services. The Association was established in 1972 and currently has a membership of over 750 provider agencies and vendors, who provide products and services to providers. AHHC's mission is to provide Resources, Education, Advocacy and Leadership. Services include: technical assistance, monthly newsletters, quality educational programs, annual directory, email alerts, and political lobbying. AHHC strongly advocates for their members and the many patients they serve, and is recognized by colleagues, regulators, and legislators as one of the most active and effective home care associations in the US.


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Transitions LifeCare receives $125,000 grant from The Duke Endowment

Raleigh, NC – May 30, 2017 - Transitions LifeCare has received a $125,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to establish a pediatric telehealth program. The Duke Endowment grant will be used to implement pediatric telehealth services for Transitions Kids, a home-based hospice and palliative care program of Transitions LifeCare that supports the unique needs of children birth through age 18 who have a life-limiting illness. Through telehealth, Transitions Kids staff will be able to provide “face-to-face” triage of after-hours needs, conduct family meetings that include providers from collaborating organizations or hospitals, and more quickly respond to the needs of children who live a great distance from the Transitions LifeCare campus. Contact for more info.

Hospice of Cabarrus County Hosts Interlude Music Workshop

March 4, 2017 -   8:30am-3:00pm @ McKinnon Hospice Center in Kannapolis, NC 
For more info, contact | 704-403-5226
Explore the use of voice, musical instruments and art to bring comfort to hospice patients and families. Participants will build a repertoire of soothing music for use in the hospice setting and have an opportunity to experience integrative therapies such as therapeautic art and Qigong. Non-musicians will participate through observation and by experiencing the effects of these integrative medicine tools.

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