Special to Iredell Free News
Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC) recently earned a five-star rating from Medicare, placing the local nonprofit among the top hospices in the U.S.
To help families choose the right hospice agency for their loved ones, Medicare recently added a star rating system. Like the hospital rating system that has been in place for some time, this system allows patients and families to easily identify those organizations with top quality indicator ratings.
“Of more than 2,000 hospice organizations across our country, only 195 were rated as five-star hospice providers,” said Mike Smith, president & CEO of HPCIC. “Further, nine of 53 hospice agencies in the State of North Carolina earned the full five-stars. I am incredibly proud of the continued commitment of this team.”
Learn more at www.medicare.gov.
In addition to celebrating that recognition from Medicare, HPCIC recently marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of the S. Mitchell Mack Hospice House, which primarily serves residents of Mooresville and southern Iredell County.
The hospice house includes ten spacious and comfortable private rooms, cheerful family areas, a full-service kitchen, and a beautiful sacred garden. Since opening its doors, 179 patients and their families have been cared for at the facility, which is named for S. Mitchell Mack, who dedicated a lifetime of service to the Mooresville community.
“As a Mooresville resident myself, it has been incredible to bring this beautiful hospice house to our community,” said HPCIC Board Chair Carl Robbins. “When a loved one needs end-of-life care, it can be emotional and challenging. When care is available close to home, it is one less burden on a family already going through a very difficult time.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County has been providing services to Iredell and surrounding communities since 1984. In addition to hospice and palliative care services, HPCIC offers grief and bereavement support to all in the community, pediatric grief support through Rainbow Kidz, and community education. For more information about these services, call 704-873-4719 or visit www.HOIC.org.