We were so impressed by your staff and your desire to help us. No one wants to need Hospice, but when a person does, it is a tremendous blessing. Thanks again for the care you gave my dad, and ultimately all of us.

~ Daughter of a patient

History

Hospice of the Piedmont, one of the first hospice programs in North Carolina in the early 1980s, was established by a group of caring individuals motivated by a common concern for improving end-of-life care. The legacy of those volunteers is carried on today by a hardworking professional staff of 110+ supplemented by a large corps of active volunteers and community supporters.

Hospice of the Piedmont Milestones:

From a few small seeds…

Today’s Hospice of the Piedmont began as the vision of a few concerned individuals who came together in September 1979 to address the deficit of care for the terminally ill in the community; a 19-member steering committee formed that November.

  • September 1980 – Hospice at High Point incorporated. The first Board of Directors was installed.
  • March 9, 1981 – First annual meeting
  • October 1981– First training course for volunteers
  • June 1982 – First staff member hired

 

In the beginning…

  • August 1982 – Following three years of preparation, Hospice at High Point was licensed by the NC Dept. of Human Resources to provide home-based health care to the terminally ill.
    September 1982 – Admitted first patient and Certificate of Need approved; 12 patients received care in first year
  • October 1982 – United Way support pledged; offices in the Holt McPherson Center at 305 North Main Street with the same phone number used today: 336.889.8446
  • August 1983 – Name change to Hospice of the Piedmont to reflect larger service area; 82 total patients served during 1983
  • 1984 – First certified by Medicare for home health then for hospice services in 1987

 

Sprouting up…

  • 1985 – Moved offices to 323 Boulevard; began first of 19 annual Peggy Burris/Hospice Memorial Golf Tournaments fundraisers
  • Spring 1988 – New headquarters at 415 West High Street with 12 staff members, daily census at 20; purchased first computer
  • 1988 – Sought accreditation from Joint Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Organizations
  • May 1989 – Grant from Carpenter Foundation used as seed money for a fund to purchase a permanent headquarters; staff of 16 and 111 patients that year
  • 1990 – First James Thomas Rawleigh Distinguished Service Award honoring individuals making a substantial contribution to Hospice of the Piedmont awarded to its namesake

 

Growing stronger and larger…

  • 1992 – Took over operations of the 4-year-old Taste of the Town, now in its 18th year, and tradition of holiday caroling to patients began; first Service of Remembrance held at First Baptist Church in High Point
  • September 1992 – Began serving patients in nursing facilities
  • Spring 1993 – Moved into new office at 213 Lindsay Street
  • July 1995 – Began Care Connection home health program
  • July 1996 – $2.3 million capital campaign for new building kicked off

 

A permanent office…

  • New office open house on Monday, Nov. 3, 1997 at 1801 Westchester Drive
  • March 2002 – first Hospice website debuts
  • July 2002 – Misys (now Allscripts) computerized patient records system begins; 409 patients served that year with average daily census of more than 71 patients
  • 2002 –Hospice of the Piedmont becomes licensed Kids Path provider, caring for seriously ill and grieving children
  • 2003 – Hospice first accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care
  • July 2004 – State approves Hospice Home Certificate of Need; “Redefining Hope” capital campaign to raise $3.5 million undertaken
  • June 28, 2005 – Groundbreaking for the 14-bed in-patient facility, Hospice Home at High Point

 

New facility & expanding services…

  • July 16, 2006 – Dedication of new Hospice Home facility, which officially welcomed its first patient on Oct. 2
  • 2006 – Average daily census of 90 patients; new logo introduced including elements from earlier designs
  • 2007 – New research in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management finds that Hospice patients live an average of 29 days longer than non-patients with the same diagnosis
  • Spring 2007 – Hospice materials and website updated to include online giving and a virtual tour of Hospice Home
  • 2007/2008 – Hospice of the Piedmont recognized by The Business Journal as among the Best Places to Work in the Triad
  • April 16, 2008 – First National Healthcare Decisions Day held to highlight the importance of advanced directives
  • Dec. 2, 2009 – Longtime Hospice volunteer Donna Turner, who has given more than 25 years and 25,000 hours of service to Hospice of the Piedmont, honored by President George W. Bush who flew in to the Triad to present her with the President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • June 3, 2010 – Brick Tribute Walkway dedicated in the solace garden at Hospice Home
  • Sept. 25, 2010 – High Point Mayor Becky Smothers signs official proclamation marking Sept. 25 as Hospice of the Piedmont Day, on the 30th anniversary of its incorporation
  • September 2012 – Ground broken for 4-bed expansion of Hospice Home with the “Where Hope Lives” capital campaign
  • Spring 2013 – Opened expanded Hospice Home at High Point facility; longest serving President & CEO Leslie Kalinowski retires after 22 years and William T. (Trent) Cockerham appointed as new CEO

Mission Statement

Hospice of the Piedmont is an organized, not-for-profit program that, upon informed choice, provides palliative care, health care, and supportive services to patients, their families and significant others in both home and facility-based settings. Physical, social, spiritual, and emotional care is provided during the last stages of illness, during the dying process, and during bereavement by a medically-directed interdisciplinary team. Hospice of the Piedmont services patients from portions of four counties: Guilford, Forsyth, Randolph, and Davidson.

 

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