Funding for a portion of the $4,700,000 has already been secured thanks to the generosity of supporters. The land, a value of $550,000, has been donated and UNC Hospice donors have committed $600,000 toward the construction budget.
In addition, thanks to the commitment and vision of UNC physician Dr. James Bryan who asked that he be honored by gifts to this campaign upon his retirement this year, many of his former students, patients, and colleagues have contributed $80,000 to date. The Medical Foundation has raised an additional $205,000 since February, focusing on larger gifts. We are in a quiet campaign to raise the remaining $3,175,000.
The completion of Hospice Home of UNC Health Care will be the culmination of the efforts of many dedicated care providers, patients, and family members over many years. The new building, although important, is only a means to achieving the needed expansion of the excellent and compassionate care for which UNC Hospice has become recognized. As a result, patients and their families will see benefits for years to come.
Breaking Ground at the SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home
In addition to the official unveiling of the site, the new name of the building was also revealed. It is with great honor and pride the UNC Hospice Home will recognize one of its founders and long time supporters, Dr. James Bryan. 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 will honor his many contributions to this special program.
“This new hospice will provide care to a community in which traveling long distances for end of life care has always been the reality. This new hospice gives them an alternative and will mean so much to patients and families here,” said Dr. Bryan, who served 50 years on the UNC School of Medicine faculty.
Many people, both in attendance and in spirit, had hands on the “golden” shovels at the groundbreaking for the new UNC Hospice Home on July 14, 2015. Located in Chatham Park near Pittsboro, this state-of-the-art facility represents the culmination of dreams and hard work of many individuals and groups. Joining the celebration were UNC Hospice staff, volunteers, and supporters past and present, along with UNC Healthcare leaders and representatives of Pittsboro, Chatham Park and others.
The 11,000 square foot facility’s name will also recognize the generous donation by the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation. SECU has committed $1,000,000 in matching funds to support the Hospice Home.
The SECU Foundation is funded solely by contributions of its members and promotes local community development in North Carolina. In addition, Preston Development, developers of Chatham Park, donated the land for the building. Participating in the program and ceremony 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.
Now that the ground is broken and construction has started, our focus turns to the next phases of this project. Watch this space for updates on progress with the building and more importantly, the special care and services it will provide.