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Thursday June 18, 2015

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care has received a million dollar donation from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, toward building the SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin. The announcement came Wednesday at a press conference at the SECU in Yadkinville.

Denise Watson, Executive Director for Mountain Valley Hospice, began the conference by explaining the need for the SECU Hospice Home.


Concept artwork for the SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin County

According to Watson, 35 percent of terminally-ill patients in Yadkin County use hospice services. Many of those patients must turn to hospitals or nursing homes for end-of-life care. Some of them attempt admission into hospice inpatient facilities outside the county - as much as an hour away - but since such facilities often have long waiting lists, the patients die without the extensive support of a hospice interdisciplinary team.

The SECU Hospice Home aims to fill that need, as the first full-service hospice facility in Yadkin County. In addition to serving Yadkin residents, the home will also assist some patients residing in Wilkes, Davie and Western Forsyth Counties. According to Mountain Valley Hospice’s press release, the 10,000 square foot facility will feature six patient suites with private baths, and enclosed outdoor patios. It will also include a chapel, family living room, kitchen and dining area, kids' playroom, teen room, community meeting room with covered patio, sunroom, covered porches, and a beautiful courtyard with a view of Pilot Mountain.

Mountain Valley Hospice first considered the idea of a Yadkin-based hospice home in 2012. In May 2013, the organization was awarded the necessary Certificate of Need from the State of North Carolina. Mountain Valley Hospice purchased the land adjacent to the SECU building on North Lee Avenue in Yadkinville, last October.


Left to right: Jennifer deVries, Senior Financial Services Officer for SECU; Denise Watson, Executive Director for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care; and McKinley Wooten, Jr., Chairman of the SECU Foundation

The initial cost estimate for the land acquisition, construction, and furnishing altogether is $3.5 million. A community-wide capital campaign has begun to raise a minimum of $2.5 million. Jerry Carlton is overseeing this campaign as chairman, with Wayne and Teena Macemore as honorary co-chairs. Speaking at yesterday’s conference, Carlton said the campaign has already reached 52 percent of its goal. This achievement is due in no small part to SECU’s donation, which Carlton described as one of the largest – if not the largest – grant to any Yadkin County campaign in recent memory.

Construction on the SECU Hospice Home is expected to begin this fall, with the opening set for late 2016.

To view images from the event, visit Mountain Valley Hospice’s Facebook page.



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