CarePartners: An Overview
CarePartners is a private, nonprofit healthcare organization in Asheville, North Carolina. We offer what healthcare professionals call a “full continuum of post-acute care.” That simply means we have a wide range of services to help the people we serve live full and productive lives, despite illness, injury, disability or issues related to aging.
Services provided by CarePartners include:
- CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital, an 80-bed regional referral center with intensive inpatient rehabilitation programs for a multitude of illnesses, injuries and conditions.
- Outpatient rehabilitation services at five convenient locations throughout Buncombe County, offering a comprehensive variety of traditional and specialized therapies.
- Home health nursing and therapy, and private duty services in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and surrounding counties, providing a full range of quality, cost-effective, in-home services for all ages.
Hospice philosophy of care is that our patients will be comfortable, alert and pain-free. Surrounded by family, friends, and caring professionals who are respectful and supportive. Living with dignity and a sense of serenity. That's the experience everyone should have at the end of life. It’s what hospice care is all about.
Help for a difficult and challenging time. When an individual is facing a terminal illness, CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care is available to provide compassionate care and support. Our goal is to ease emotional and physical problems, and to offer spiritual assistance and supportive care to the patient as well as family members and friends.
Hospice helps patients live fully through life's journey. Hospice care providers work to improve the quality of our patient's lives, seeking to allow them to spend their last days, weeks or months as free as possible of pain and other distressing symptoms.
Care in the place that you call home. Hospice services are provided in the home as well as long-term care and assisted living facilities in Buncombe and surrounding counties. Our hospice program has an average daily census of approximately 280 patients. For those patients that can no longer remain at home and require a higher level of care, our inpatient facility, John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center is a 27-bed, home-like facility.
Supportive and palliative care services such as medical consultative services are provided in our outpatient clinic, in long term care and assisted living facilities and in patients' homes.
Adult day services provide a safe, stimulating environment for those who can no longer be safely left alone during the day while family members and caregivers are at work or taking care of other responsibilities.
Private duty nursing, homemaker, and personal care services provide a wide array of customized, clinical and non-clinical services and companion care in the home.
Orthotics and prosthetics services provide bracing and artificial limbs at clinics in Asheville and Hendersonville, with care also available in the home and in medical facilities in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Yancey and Avery counties.
Four Seasons is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality hospice and palliative care in Western North Carolina. Over the past 32 years, Four Seasons has grown to become one of the largest providers of end-of-life care in the region and a national leader in hospice and palliative care. In 2009, Four Seasons won the prestigious Circle of Life Award, which honors innovation in palliative and end-of-life care.
Four Seasons’ hospice serves six counties with an average census of approximately 280 patients, as well as a dedicated 19-bed inpatient hospice unit. Four Seasons is a member of the National Hospice Work Group, composed of the top two dozen nonprofit hospices in the country. The mission of the group is to stimulate new ideas, share best practices and emerging models, stay informed of key issues, and build a strong network among leaders who aspire to excellence.
Palliative Care Services:
Four Seasons provides hospital-based palliative care services at four community hospitals. Four Seasons also has a comprehensive outpatient program, providing palliative care in multiple settings including patient’s homes, assisted-living facilities, long-term care facilities, and two outpatient clinics. Outpatient palliative care is also provided in rural western North Carolina.
The Four Seasons’ research department was founded in 2005 to increase patient access to services and medications that might not otherwise be available. Over 35 clinical trials have been conducted at Four Seasons, with a focus on improving quality of life and symptom burden. Four Seasons is a founding member Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), a NIH/NINR funded national cooperative group established to advance the science of palliative care. Both industry and investigator initiated trials are conducted; Four Seasons has collaborated with academic sites such as Duke Medical Center, MD Anderson, and Flinders University in Australia. Dr. Janet Bull, the Chief Medical Officer of Four Seasons, chairs the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Committee, the Membership Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee of the PCRC. Four Seasons has partnered with Duke Cancer Care Research Program to develop the QDACT (Quality Data Assessment Collection Tool), aimed at improving the delivery of care to palliative care patients.
Four Seasons has a long-standing commitment to providing excellent hospice and palliative care education on the local, regional, and national levels. Through the Center of Excellence, Four Seasons offers consulting services in hospice, palliative care, and research and has hosted multiple organizations for programs on its campus. Four Seasons also runs the Palliative Care Immersion Course, an experiential learning course that attracts clinicians, nurses and social workers from across the country. Four Seasons faculty are regular speakers at regional and national hospice and palliative medicine conferences.
Mission Hospital is the regional referral center for Western North Carolina and the adjoining region and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Mission is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system based in Asheville, NC. Mission Hospital was formed when St. Joseph's Hospital and Memorial Mission Medical Center started an organizational partnership in 1996. This partnership was followed by a full merger on October 27, 1998, when St. Joseph's Hospital was purchased from the Sisters of Mercy by Memorial Mission Medical Center. Today these hospitals are part of the Mission Health System. Mission operates under a Certificate of Public Advantage issued by the State of North Carolina and designed to ensure that its charges are fair and it provides documented benefit to the community.
Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC
- Ronald Paulus is Mission President and CEO.
- Physicians in 50 plus specialties.
- Licensed for more than 800 beds and bassinets.
- The medical staff includes more than 650.
- Nearly 6,000 employees, including over 1,800 RNs.
- More than 600 volunteers.
- Covers a 90-acre hilltop campus.
- Freestanding outpatient surgery center developed in a joint venture with staff physicians.
- Reuter Children's Outpatient Center funded through the Mission Healthcare Foundation "Windows of Childhood" campaign.
Mountain Area Health Education Center
The Mountain Area Health Education Center is the center of excellence for improving the health of Western North Carolina. Located in Asheville, MAHEC serves healthcare professionals, students, and institutions throughout a 16-county region in Western North Carolina. Counties served are Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey. Our mission is to provide education, information, technology, research, training, and services to improve health outcomes in Western North Carolina through partnerships and neutrality.
MAHEC is often described as a pipeline for healthcare training. We connect middle and high school students to health career opportunities; we connect health science students to communities; our residency programs train the best and brightest graduates; and thousands of healthcare professionals are connected to better health through our continuing education programs.
We are a member of the North Carolina AHEC system, one of the oldest and most extensive AHEC systems in the country. The NC AHEC Program evolved in an effort to address national and state concerns with the supply, distribution, retention and quality of health professionals.
“I am grateful for the experience in this Fellowship and feel I am well prepared to work in this field as a Hospice and Palliative Care physician." -- Hospice Fellow
"Several of my clinic patients are enrolled in the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at CarePartners and I have been very pleased with the communication and documentation (or correspondence) I have received from CarePartners regarding the care of our shared patient." -- Family Medicine Resident