After the foundation successfully raised the funds to build the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, we realized there was a need to help make sure this service was available to all who needed it, regardless of their ability to pay. The Hospice Fund helps cover room and board expenses for patients on Medicare or those who are not able to pay, as well as funding equipment purchases, education for staff and volunteers, and other necessities for patient care.
According to the Urban Institute in Washington D.C., the Medicare program, which serves people 65 and older and people with disabilities, is the most important source of health insurance for Americans nearing the end of their lives.
80% of individuals nearing the end of their life are on Medicare, which does not cover room and board costs for hospice care.
Medicare does cover some other hospice expenses, but without the foundation’s support to cover room and board, this service would not be available to the community.
Ultimately, donations to the Hospice Fund help ensure that this service will continue to be available to anyone needing it, and that our doctors, staff, and volunteers are able to provide the best possible care to patients and their families during this difficult time.
You may also mail a cash donation or check, made out to the Johnston Health Foundation, to:
Johnston Health Foundation
P.O. Box 1376
Smithfield, NC 27577
Attn: Hospice Fund
*If you are donating in memory of someone who recently received care at the SECU Hospice House, please be sure to indicate that with your donation.
A Patient’s Story
Annie Laurie Lewis, a Johnston County native, lived to be 90 years old and spent her final days at the SECU Hospice. “From the minute we moved her in there, we were all surrounded by loving and caring nurses, staff and volunteers. They showed so much concern for all of us and went out of their way to make sure all of our needs were met,” said Cathy Leary, her daughter. When Lewis passed away, her family requested that donations be sent to the SECU Hospice House in lieu of flowers. “When people are reaching the end of their life, they deserve the assistance that was offered to our mother and our family, and if people can’t afford it then there should be assistance,” said Nancy Barry, her other daughter. “I can’t think of a better or more deserving place to give money.”
The Johnston Health Foundation is pleased to offer personally engraved bricks as your lasting legacy to the SECU Hospice House. This is also a great opportunity to honor, thank or remember people who are special to you. Find out more here.