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AHHC of NC Appoints First Physician to Board of Directors

February 15, 2018 | The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina has appointed Michael Lalor, MD, MBA to its first ever physician board seat. Michael Lalor, MD, MBA, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter in Winston-Salem, NC., and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Currently he serves as the Co-Director of Palliative Care for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, having previously served as the director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Lalor earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from West Texas A&M University. With over 18 years’ experience, Dr. Lalor has an extensive background in hospice regulatory affairs and has lectured widely on regulatory topics affecting physicians. He serves on the Palliative Care Advisory Committee for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Dr. Lalor is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is an alumnus of the Leadership College of the North Carolina Medical Society.

AHHC President and CEO, Tim Rogers, says of Dr. Lalor, “We are so honored to work with Dr. Lalor on the AHHC Board of Directors. Dr. Lalor has been a great supporter of the Association and his extensive background and expertise will be an invaluable asset to the Association’s mission.” The Board of Directors is comprised of 23 professionals in the home care, home health & hospice industry. “Having a physician, and specifically a hospice medical director, on the Board of Directors is a sign of notable progress for this Board and this Association, as we continually strive to encompass as many perspectives and aspects of healthcare at home as possible.”

The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC), established in 1972, is a nonprofit health care association representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, personal care, private duty nursing and companion/sitter services. AHHC of NC, with a current membership of over 800 provider agencies (98% of home health agencies are members and 90% of hospices are members) and corporate vendors, is the largest hospice association in the Carolinas and the largest combined home care, private duty, home health care, and hospice and palliative care state association in the US. AHHC strongly leads and advocates for their agency members, staff and the many patients they serve, and is recognized by colleagues, regulators, legislators, and our state’s Congressional delegation as one of the most active and effective home care and hospice 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.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Launches Palliative Care Website

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is pleased to announce the creation of The Palliative Care Resource Center, a new website housing comprehensive resources for patients experiencing life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers, and community members who are simply interested in learning more. Visit for more info.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region President/CEO Receives Award

Pete Brunnick, President and CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, was among 50 CEOs in the Charlotte region to receive Smart CEO's Corporate Culture Award. The award winners have championed for a positive, productive culture in their organization and have worked with employees to develop successful cultural practices. The final roster of winners were chosen by an independent committee of local business leaders, profiled in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at a high-energy awards event. Congrats Pete! Visit for more info.