NEWPORT – Crystal Coast Hospice House recently received a welcome donation – the property of a satellite office that the nonprofit had been renting as office space.
Building owners and longtime supporters of the hospice Libby Eaton, a former director of the CCHH, and Tim Coyne donated the office building and property on Chatham Street to the nonprofit in late 2020, according to the executive director from the CCHH, Charlie Miller.
“Libby and Tim’s generosity and support have been incredible. They have allowed us to rent this space for more than six years at a rate well below market value, ”he said. “Now, by donating this property to us, they are having a significant positive impact on our expenses and overheads for many years.”
The satellite building at 133 Chatham St. is home to the foundation’s two employees, as well as offering space for board meetings. For more than six years, she has been the Crystal Coast Hospice House support and maintenance business center for employees of the State Employees Credit Union at 100 Big Rock Weigh.
CCHH is a non-profit organization formed in 2008 to provide an asylum for inpatients to serve the region. Thanks to donations and support, the CCHH opened the palliative care unit for inpatients with 10 beds in July 2013.
Because of his success and growth, Mr. Miller said that the decision was made in 2014 to move business operations to a satellite office to provide more space for patient care at the CCHH.
“We were just overcoming space there,” he said.
The CCHH has partnered with the Goldsboro non-profit organization 3HC to provide the only hospice that meets the growing need for hospitalization in the Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Jones and Pamlico region. SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House offers palliative care 24 hours a day for patients who can no longer stay in their own homes.
Mr. Miller said the facility is full most of the time, with a waiting list for the four beds in the residential section. The residential section is for terminally ill patients who are six months or less old and do not seek additional curative care. The space is for those who still have some ability to take care of themselves, like eating without help.
The other six beds are for intensive care patients who need 24-hour care. According to him, the occupancy rate in this area is about 92%.
“Sometimes, we have over 100% occupancy in that area too,” he said.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, family and friends were free to visit patients without restrictions. However, everything changed when the pandemic struck.
Mr. Miller said that due to state mandates and the Centers for Disease Control restrictions, there was a period when visitors were not allowed on the premises, which was devastating for patients and family members.
That changed in late 2020, with new guidelines that allow a limited number of visitors if they are on the patient’s visitor list.
Mr. Miller said he looks forward to the day when all restrictions on COVID-19 are lifted.
“COVID has had a tremendous impact on our facilities,” he said. “It is not just about the families that visit us, but we have a team that takes care of the patients. This is not like a normal hospital with a larger staff. We have a much smaller team and, if we only have a few nurses, this can significantly affect patient care ”.
Mr. Miller said patient care is the organization’s top priority. That is why taking ownership of the satellite facility is a big deal.
“Every dollar that is not spent on renting a property is another dollar for patient care and maintenance of facilities and office costs,” he said.
Mr. Miller added that the donated 2,000 square foot facility was valued at $ 130,000.
To learn more about the CCHH and the facilities and services it offers, or to consult opportunities to provide support or volunteering, visit cchhnc.org or call the satellite office at 252-808-2244.
Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, extension 255; the e-mail Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.