Hospice Director: Thomas Smith
Medical Directors:  Dr. Sydney Barnwell
                         Dr. Robert Fisher
Hospice Supervisor: Anne Bane, RN
2818 Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, NC 28561
Phone: (252) 636-4930
Fax: (252) 636-4970

E-mail: health@cravencounty.com

"You matter because you are you. 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 (Credited with being the Founder of Present Day Hospice Care Movement)

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
          — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian philosopher (1869 - 1948)

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
          -– Mark Twain, American novelist and humorist (1835 - 1910)

  • Hospice is philosophy of care that looks at each individual as being that:  An individual. 
  • Hospice affirms life, yet views death as a normal process. 
  • Hospice care is designed to support patients and families to empower them to face critical illness in their home environment. 
  • Hospice provides bereavement support and counseling. 

The goal of Hospice is to provide “Palliative Care”  (the control of  pain and symptoms); utilizing a team of specialists (disciplines) to  provide care including physician services (working together with your doctor of choice), skilled nursing, counselors and social workers, spiritual care specialists, certified nursing assistants, as well as volunteers with a variety of skills and levels of assistance. 

At Craven County Health Department Hospice we:

"Focus on Living"


Hospice Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 6-13 and is a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country. I am the hospice volunteer coordinator at Craven County Health Department Hospice and would like to honor all volunteers who are dedicated to providing care and support for the patients who are nearing the end of life’s journey.

Across the country, more than 458,000 trained volunteers provide more than 21 million hours of service to Hospice organizations. More than 1.58 million people receive compassionate care from hospice every year, and hospice volunteers are an integral part of the care team.

 Craven County Health Department Hospice staff and employees would like to publicly thank the 18 volunteers associated with our agency. These kind people help  every day by spending time with the patients, providing pet, music and other alternative therapies, assisting in the office and much more. The work these volunteers do for the patients we serve is invaluable. Their dedication and selfless commitment enables us to fulfill our mission: to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Their acts of compassion both large and small, allow our patients comfort, and companionship that make the difference at a very critical point in their lives.

To Craven County Hospice volunteers and all volunteers, thank you!

Joan Whitley, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Home Health-Hospice


If you would like to become involved as a Hospice Volunteer, please call 252-636-4930 and ask for the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. Your involvement can be a rewarding experience as well as helping our program of care.

Services include:

  • Skilled Nursing - in home care focusing on pain and symptom control for the individual.
  • Nurse Aide - to assist with personal care.
  • Respite Aide - to provide respite for the families.
  • Hospice Volunteers - trained in handling the varied needs of the patient/family.
  • Social Workers - psychosocial needs of the patient/family.
  • Bereavement Support - provided up to one year after the patient dies. On-call services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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*Hospice of Craven County Health Department gratefully accepts contributions, memorials and honorarium gifts. Such gifts are an essential part of the agency's operating budget and enables us to serve patients who are uninsured or are unable to pay for Hospice services.*

Checks may be made payable to:
Craven County Health Department Foundation, Inc.
PO Drawer 12610
New Bern, NC 28561



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