Thirty years. One vision.
From day one, an unwavering focus on quality of life.
Hospice of Wake County was founded in 1979, thanks to the dedication of a local oncologist, Dr. William Dunlap, and a nurse, Kathleen Townsend.
From humble beginnings with a single staff member, 20 volunteers and six patients, the organization has grown to serve more than 6,000 people each year, with a staff of over 200 and a volunteers numbering almost 500. We offer a full range of services to patients and families, including in-home hospice care, home health care and palliative care.
Through extensive service to the community, Hospice of Wake County has earned a reputation for outstanding professional expertise in helping patients and families cope with death and dying, and received numerous awards for our work including the "Agency of Excellence" Award by the United Way of the Greater Triangle and an annual funding award by the City of Raleigh in recognition of outstanding work with senior citizens. Hospice of Wake County is the largest, oldest and most experienced hospice organization in the region, and is the only independent non-profit hospice organization based in Wake County.
The new campus provides a well-coordinated center from which we can expand and enhance our services throughout our five-county coverage area. Even more dramatically, it provides specially designed spaces for patients and families to approach the end of life in comfort and with dignity.
Just as important, it houses a bereavement center and spiritual retreat open to the community at large - so that Hospice of Wake County can be a much-needed resource for everyone who is grappling with end-of-life issues.
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