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Lower Cape Fear Hospice Expands Service Coverage

NC Hospice Organization Expands to SC
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Lower Cape Fear Hospice recently announced their expansion service Coverage to South Carolina.
Mercy Care, a nonprofit hospice in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will become a division of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center effective April 1, 2014.
Together the two nonprofit healthcare agencies have more than 60 years combined experience of providing quality end-of-life services in North and South Carolina.
"This new collaboration helps support our strategic goals to expand the reach of our hospice services and will enhance our ability to provide quality end-of-life care to everyone facing a serious illness," said Laurie Bystrom, president and CEO of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center.
"By working together, we will ensure patients and families in Mercy Care's service area have access to quality, compassionate, end-of-life care. We will also have the added benefit of being able to reach more people with our non-reimbursed services like bereavement support, Healing Arts, programs for children and teens, and care for patients who are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance plans."
Mercy Care will retain its name and brand, however, several administrative and operational functions will be combined through Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center resources from its Home Office in Wilmington.
"Mercy Care is a valued and well-recognized hospice service provider in South Carolina," Bystrom said. "United as a team, we will now expand our services from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties in North Carolina to include Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties in South Carolina."
Sara-Jo Faucher, executive director and CEO of Mercy Care said the agency is excited about the partnership.
"Our missions and programs are similar, and we are both nonprofit hospices," she said. "Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center is a leader in end-of-life care in North Carolina, and we have been supportive of one another across state lines for years. Now, Mercy Care has partnered with Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center to increase awareness of hospice services and quality of care to the communities of Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties."
The Mercy Care office at 8216 Devon Court in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will continue to operate after the merger. Mercy Care's 65 employees will join the more than 325 employees who already work for Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center. Patients and families with both agencies can expect to continue to receive high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care during and after this transition.
Each day, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center cares for more than 600 hospice and palliative care patients in Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties in North Carolina. While most patients are cared for where they live - in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes - Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center also operates three inpatient care centers in Bolivia, Whiteville and Wilmington. For more information, visit

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