SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
The end of life is a universal experience that all of us face, both for ourselves and the people we love. It can be difficult to determine the best way to meet the needs of an ailing loved one while keeping them comfortable in their last days. UNC Hospice focuses on providing coordinated compassionate care, outside of hospital setting, allowing patients to live out their lives meaningfully and peacefully. Hospice is an integrated service that puts the patient and family first, providing not only medical but also emotional and spiritual care.
"You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."
- Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement
The SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home was made possible through the dedication, hard work and philanthropic support of our community. It is nestled in a beautiful wooded area in Chatham County, conveniently located off of U.S. Hwy 64 and 15-501. The environmentally friendly LEED-certified facility opened April 26, 2017, and houses 10 private patient rooms, each with a private patio to enjoy our North Carolina weather and wildlife. Gardens are inviting to native birds and butterflies. Families are welcomed, and there are numerous spaces including a kitchen and children's playroom where family and friends can make themselves at home. Our patient spa room allows patients to take therapeutic baths and have their hair washed for extra TLC from our attentive staff.
It is with great honor and pride that we recognize the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation’s generous donation, and the tireless efforts and advocacy of Dr. James Bryan, one of the Hospice Home’s founders and longtime supporters. Dr. Bryan was one of the first to bring to North Carolina the then-new concept of compassionate, holistic palliative care for dying individuals. It is fitting that the new facility honors his many contributions to this special program.
"Everyone who works for us in hospice, whether paid staff or volunteer, feels that it is a true calling. It’s not just helping the patient; the unit of care for hospice is always the patient and the family."
- Ann Ritter, Pastoral and Grief Counselor
Services at SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
- General Inpatient Hospice Care: This level of care is designed to provide short-term or crisis symptom management when medical or comfort needs cannot be met in the home.
- Respite Care: This level of care allows caregivers to have a rest while we care for the patient for up to five nights per benefit period. Room and board are included.
- Residential Care: This type of care is basic hospice care provided in the hospice home for patients who do not have an appropriate home or caregiver. Room and board fees are the responsibility of the patient.
The SECU Foundation is funded solely by contributions of its members and promotes local community development in North Carolina. Preston Development, developers of Chatham Park, donated the land for the building. Participating in the groundbreaking were Brian Goldstein, MD, Exec. VP/COO UNC Health Care System; Gail Smith, UNC Hospice Pastoral and Grief Counselor; Tim Smith, Co-Owner, Preston Development; Pamela Baldwin, Pittsboro Town Commissioner; James B. Holt, MD, UNC Hospice Medical Director; Jim Johnson, SECU Foundation Vice Chair; James Bryan, II, MD, Professor of Medicine, UNC; and Tammie Stanton, UNC VP Post Acute Services.