“I am so proud of the visionary leadership of Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County as they seek to respond to a changing healthcare delivery system in a way that preserves their mutual values of excellence in patient-centered care. Each are recognized leaders in hospice and palliative care in their communities as well as respected organizations in our state. This partnership can only enhance their abilities to reach more of our neighbors living with serious illness who are in need of comprehensive, professional care for themselves and their families.”

~ Leslie Kalinowski, President/CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont 1990-2013

“Over the years, it has been wonderful to watch the growth of hospice and the community’s acceptance and understanding of this type of care. The years that I spent as a nurse with Hospice of the Piedmont were a very special part of my life. I’m so proud to have been an early part of what has grown into such an incredible organization. Combining with Hospice of Randolph County will help the agency benefit so many and bring hospice services to an even greater constituency.”

~ Louise Foster, Founding Board Member and Early Volunteer Nurse Hospice of the Piedmont

“How fortunate it is that Hospice of the Piedmont has a CEO, Trent Cockerham, who with his administrative staff and board of directors had the courage and forward thinking to collaboratively create a merger with Hospice of Randolph County. Both organizations understand that to best serve their patient population they cannot grow without change. As a former Hospice of the Piedmont R.N., it is most satisfying for me to know that both agencies together will continue to strive for excellence for patients who entrust hospice to enhance their quality of life. I wholeheartedly endorse this merger and wish both organizations much success.”

~ Marita Gates, Former Board Member & Employee Hospice of the Piedmont

“I am particularly grateful that Hospice of the Piedmont has chosen to work with Hospice of Randolph County. Both organizations have a long history of service to their communities and a trusted approach to caring for patients and families in need. I saw firsthand in our early years how the two organizations worked together and shared best practices that would help us serve the needs of our respective communities. I have always been proud of Hospice of the Piedmont’s reputation in the community, and I believe that by combining their strengths and expertise Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County can only grow stronger.”

~ Judy Frazier, Early Volunteer Nurse & Former Director of Clinical Services Hospice of the Piedmont

Together We’ll Do Great Things

April 10, 2019

Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County announce intent to merge

(High Point & Asheboro, NC) – The boards of directors of Hospice of the Piedmont (HOP) and Hospice of Randolph County (HRC) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have signed a letter of intent to merge. Pending approval from both boards of directors and any needed health care regulatory approvals, the merger is expected to be effective September 30.  This announcement comes after months of due diligence, joint leadership involvement, and a meeting of both organizations’ boards of directors.

For the last year, HOP and HRC have collaboratively explored the benefits of a merger of equals.  During these discussions, leaders were able to confirm each organization’s stability and fiscal health, as well as a common commitment to patients, families, staff and community, all of which were vital considerations.

“Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County are very similar in mission, vision, and care delivery,” says Rhonda Moffitt, CEO of HRC. “Our ultimate goal is to continue to walk the path of serious illness with those we serve and to expand our services in order to provide care to more individuals and families every year.”

In recent years, the healthcare marketplace, including hospice, has become increasingly competitive.  A merger of HOP and HRC will ensure that mission-centered care will be available for more individuals and families for the long term.

“Last year, there was significant investment in the for-profit hospice provider space in North Carolina. Consistent with national trends, for-profits account for more than two-thirds of all hospice providers nationally and more than one-half of all hospice providers across our service area,” explains Trent Cockerham, President/CEO of HOP. “These developments, along with a host of other considerations, help create opportunities in an increasingly crowded hospice marketplace.”

Over the next several months, HOP and HRC will work to align their brands in a manner that capitalizes on the recognition they have garnered over the last 40 years.  HRC will continue doing business as Hospice of Randolph County, a subsidiary of HOP. Representatives of both organizations will make up a blended leadership structure.  Trent Cockerham will lead the combined organization as CEO, and Rhonda Moffitt, current CEO of HRC, will serve as President/COO.  Doug Page, CFO of HOP, will serve as CFO, and Tracy Wagner, CFO of HRC, will become Vice President of Finance and Administration. Additional vice-president and director-level leadership positions are already mapped out for the combined organization. HOP and HRC agree that staff layoffs will not be necessary as part of the merger.

“Through this merger, we will create greater capacity to serve our communities while maintaining the core values that guide our care each day,” says Moffitt. “Together, we will build upon the strengths of each organization in order to create new opportunities for service and growth.”

Together, HOP and HRC served more than 2,000 patients last year across their combined eight-county service area.  Each organization provides in-home hospice care, as well as inpatient services at HOP’s 18-bed Hospice Home at High Point and HRC’s 16-bed Randolph Hospice House, bereavement services, and palliative care programming.

HOP and HRC have established and assembled a transition and integration team whose goal is to define the new organization’s guiding principles and evaluate ways to foster a successful transition for patients and families, as well as staff.

“As we work together toward becoming one, our highest priority will be maintaining excellent patient and family support,” says Cockerham.

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Hospice of the Piedmont is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to connect individuals and their families with the care they need on the terms they choose through hospice, palliative, and bereavement services.  Since 1981, the agency has served four counties – Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth – from its High Point office.

Hospice of Randolph County is a local, non-profit hospice provider that has served more than 23,000 individuals with medical care and support services throughout Randolph County and surrounding areas over the last 36 years.

CONTACT:   

Hospice of the Piedmont
Mary Leslie English, Director of Public and Donor Relations
Direct #: 336.878.7281
Office #: 336.889.8446
menglish@hospiceofthepiedmont.org

Thank you for the continued support of Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County.

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