SECU Foundation Announces $1.5 Million Commitment for New Hospice Initiative in Boone
Raleigh, N.C. – The SECU Foundation recently announced a significant grant of $1.5 million to AMOREM, the recent integration of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. The Foundation’s commitment will go toward the construction of a new hospice patient care unit – the AMOREM SECU Patient Care Unit of the High Country. The new site will help expand AMOREM’s services and increase access to respite and end-of-life care for patients and families from Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties.
“As strong advocates for hospice care in our state, SECU is proud to support AMOREM’s goal to bring residential hospice services for patients living in this area,” said SECU Foundation Executive Director Jama Campbell. “We hope others will join our efforts to help AMOREM and the medical community provide this option of specialized care locally, offering a welcome reprieve for families who often face financial and emotional hardships when trying to coordinate care and spend quality time with their loved ones.”
The coming together of two hospice care providers to create AMOREM has helped maintain a legacy of community-based hospice care and made an even greater impact on serious illness and end-of-life care in the communities served. AMOREM projects that the future Boone unit will serve 1,150 patients from the High Country region in the first three years of operation.
“We are excited to see this project move forward,” said AMOREM CEO Cathy Swanson. “The High Country deserves a patient care unit, and the need is evident. AMOREM is extremely grateful to the SECU Foundation for helping make this possible. This patient care unit will have a lasting impact on the community and make a difference in the lives of the patients and families that we serve in the High Country.”
AMOREM hopes to begin construction of the High Country patient care unit in late summer.
In 1988, AMOREM (then Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care) opened the first hospice patient care unit in the state of North Carolina. In addition to the unit in Lenoir, AMOREM also operates units in Hudson and Valdese.
For more information about the building project or the campaign to raise funds in support, please contact Vice President of Community Engagement Kerri McFalls or Director of Development Brittany Bonn.
About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has provided employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for more than 84 years. SECU is the second largest credit union in the U.S. with more than $51 billion in assets and serves more than 2.6 million members through 274 branch offices, more than 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 member services via phone, www.ncsecu.org and a mobile App. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $216 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.
Contact: Kerri L. McFalls, AMOREM vice president of community engagement