Four Seasons Compassion for Life: An Overview
Four Seasons Compassion for Life, a nationally respected, award-winning hospice and palliative care non-profit organization, remains deeply committed to serving the community through fulfilling its mission of “Co-Creating the Care Experience.” To date, Four Seasons Compassion for Life has served more than 10,000 patients in Henderson and Buncombe counties and surrounding areas.
Services provided by FourSeasons include:
Hospice Care: Four Seasons provides Hospice Care in area hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private residences and the Elizabeth House. Each patient is cared for by an interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals who will attend to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the individual and their family.
Palliative Care: Four Seasons provides Palliative Care services at our clinics in Asheville and Hendersonville, area hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Palliative Care is available to patients at any stage of illness, and can be provided alongside curative/life-prolonging treatments.
Clinical Research: Participation in cutting edge clinical research allows Four Seasons to offer medication and services otherwise unavailable. Participating community members have experienced remarkable results in improved pain and symptom management. As a result, we remain committed to offering these services to our patients.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapists may provide massage, Reiki, or healing touch to hospice and palliative care patients as means to enhance holistic care strategies, increase the effectiveness of symptom management, and improve quality of life.
Music Therapy: Activities such as song writing, singing, and playing instruments can bring about a sense of calm and well-being for those at the end of life. Our Board-Certified Music Therapists use music to meet a person’s social, emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual needs.
Bereavement Services: Individual Grief Counseling is available for adults, teens and children. Services are free of charge to the families of our hospice patients. Individual grief counseling is also available for family members of palliative care patients or community members for a small, sliding scale fee based on income. Group Grief Support, including Support Groups and Workshops.
Heart Songs: A program devoted to the unique emotional needs of grieving children and teens, Heart Songs offers individual counseling as well as support groups and programs
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.
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