Vision, Mission, Values
We will serve everyone touched by a life-limiting illness.
To provide the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community.
Teamwork • Commitment • Excellence • Compassion • Respect
Community volunteers interested in the hospice concept of care founded Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1980. Dr. Daniel Gottovi, a local physician, led the group that became the organization’s first Board of Directors of the organization.
Our first patient, a 27-year-old nurse, was admitted on July 1, 1980. Since then, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has provided care to more than 25,000 patients and their families throughout southeastern North Carolina. We serve more than 4,000 patients each year in our hospice and palliative care programs. Our services are available in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties.
Originally for patients with a cancer diagnosis, hospice care helps people with a variety of non-cancer end-stage diseases, including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), dementias including Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease including congestive heart failure, kidney, liver, and lung disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.
Most hospice patients are served wherever they live – their home, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. For individuals whose needs cannot be met at home, we offer three inpatient hospice facilities where patients receive round-the-clock, short-term medical and respite care. Our Dr. Robert Martin Fales Pavilion at the Hospice Care Center opened in 1997 in Wilmington, our Angel House Columbus County Hospice Care Center opened in 2008 in Whiteville, and our hospice care center in Bolivia, SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, began serving patients in 2012.
Our Palliative Care consultation service works with patients and their physicians to improve quality of life, identify and aggressively treat symptoms, clarify a patient’s condition and prognosis, and set achievable goals that honor a patient’s wishes. At this time, the Palliative Care team serves patients in New Hanover and Pender counties at the three hospitals and in contracted nursing homes. Patients are also served in their homes throughout New Hanover County and most of Pender County.
For people who need help in dealing with their grief, support services for adults are available to everyone in the community, including family members of hospice patients. Sunrise Kids offers in-school and after-school programs, individual counseling, and summer camps for grieving children.
If you are interested in educational presentations, seminars, and conferences on end-of-life care topics, our Outreach Department can help. If you have questions on advance directives (living wills and health care power of attorney forms) or identifying and choosing health care choices, help is a phone call away.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is an affiliate of New Hanover Health Network. It is certified by Medicare and Medicaid, approved by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., and is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, and the Hospice Provider Network. Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is supported by the Bladen County and Cape Fear Area United Way organizations. Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter follows state and federal regulations for privacy and confidentiality, as outlined in the Notice of Privacy Practices. Agency Form 990 and financial statements.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter provides palliative medical care and supportive services that are reasonable and necessary to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families which are experienced during the final stages of terminal illness and during bereavement (13 months). All services are provided without regard of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, diagnosis/infectious disease, religious beliefs, disability, ability to pay and resuscitation status.