|Pictured (from left): Mark Twisdale - SECU Foundation Executive Director, Dale Britt - CCHH Campaign Co-Chair, Sarah Strange - CCHH President, and Jim Barber - SECU Foundation Board Chair
In Newport, North Carolina, community leaders and over 200 proud supporters, including SECU Foundation representatives and Credit Union volunteers and staff gathered to celebrate the beginning construction phase of SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House (CCHH). The ceremony marks the milestone of the first inpatient hospice facility that will serve the five-county North Carolina area, including Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico. SECU Foundation Board Chair Jim Barber presented a check for $1 million on behalf of SECU members to the CCHH campaign, which was first announced in September 2011. In honor of the generous gift, the new facility is named SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.
Located along the southern most Outer Banks, SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House is designed to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their loved ones in the Crystal Coast community. The Hospice House will offer 10 private suites, 6 acute care and 4 residential, and will provide 24-hour care for patients and comprehensive support for family members in a comfortable home-like setting when patient needs can no longer be met at home. Completion of the facility is planned for Spring 2013.
“This is such an exciting milestone,” said Sarah Strange, CCHH President. “The generous contribution from members of State Employees’ Credit Union has played an instrumental role in helping to bring this much needed hospice home to our community. This is truly a celebration of what so many have come together to accomplish.”
SECU Foundation Board Chair Jim Barber stated, “The SECU member-funded Foundation is proud and excited to help make SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House a reality for residents in this area of the State. This project characterizes the desire and commitment of our Credit Union members --- carrying out the Credit Union’s ‘People Helping People’ philosophy by assisting the health and hospice care needs of this community.”