It was a momentous day for Yadkin County and the large crowd gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin. The home has been a long-time dream for staff of Mountain Valley Hospice and members of the community.
The official process began four years ago, and Wednesday marked the official opening with patients expected to be in the facility sometime next week.
State Employees Credit Union Foundation provided a $1 million challenge grant for the project and the rest of the needed funds were donated by other local businesses and private donors.
Denise Watson, director of Mountain Valley Hospice, thanked attendees for coming to the opening celebration and supporting the project.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Watson said. “Today is a day that I won’t forget. It is an accomplishment we have all done together and it speaks to the teamwork and commitment of this community. And now I’d just like to say Yadkin County finally has a place for patients and their families to come for end-of-life care where they’re surrounded by loved ones, a place they can feel at home.”
SECU Foundation representative Michael Clements also addressed the gathering, expressing his gratitude for those involved with the project and being able to be present to see it come to fruition.
Patient Services Director Marty Driver and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Glenn Golasewski also spoke at the ceremony. They recognized the staff members who were present who will work at the new home.
“As most of you are aware it takes special people to walk that last journey with you here on Earth and we have found an abundance of those caring and passionate people staff this new home,” Driver said. “The care they deliver will have a uniqueness that sets us apart from all other hospices.”
Jerry and Hilda Carlton, who were instrumental in the community-fundraising effort for the hospice home, were given special recognition prior to the ribbon cutting. Watson called them visionaries and champions.
“They worked tirelessly to help us raise money and spread the word about this facility,” Watson said. “They saw the need and nothing could stop them.”
She then shared a brief story about the property on which the home and the credit union next door was built and that the land once belonged to Jerry Carlton. A view of Pilot Mountain from the land is a special feature of which Carlton has always been fond. He would often visit the spot for the view. In honor of his fondness for this view, the sunroom, which faces Pilot Mountain and during winter months has a clear view of the mountain, will be named in honor of the Carltons.
Carlton said he was grateful to all the donors who made the project possible.
“I am proud and humbled that they chose this spot in Yadkin County,” he said. “I was surprised by the naming of the sunroom because I’ve watched that view of Pilot Mountain for a long time. I am appreciative of all the folks that did donate time and money to this process. I certainly thank the large contributors and the small contributors, because small makes big.”
Guests at the event had the opportunity to tour the new hospice home and enjoy refreshments following the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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