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A dream has become reality in Sherrills Ford.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley (PCHCV) officially opened its new facility in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday, and officials say its presence should help area citizens immediately.
The new opening adds an additional facility to Palliativeâ€™s existing location off Robinson Road in Newton. It features six care rooms in addition to sun, community, family and conference rooms. The facility is filled with light and original murals by Lorrayne Clark of historic scenes from Terrell, Newton and Sherrills Ford. Flowers provided by the Lake Norman Garden Club frequent the hallways and nurses station near the main entrance of the building, adding more color to match the charcoal paintings throughout.
The idea for the new building started six years ago after PCHCV officials seeked to expand to Sherrills Ford, said Evelyn Fox Ross, community development coordinator with Palliative.
â€śIt was a dream that became a reality,â€ť Ross said. â€śThey wanted to grow to Sherrills Ford because the town has been instrumental in giving to us.â€ť
PCHCV started 32 years ago with only 18 patients but now serves more than 2,200. In 2009, it celebrated its 10,000th patient and staff size has increased to more than 200 people, according to Palliativeâ€™s website.
The new Sherrills Ford location has served five patients since opening at the beginning of September, and Ross said she expects it to keep filling up.
â€śWe know with the aging population that the other rooms are going to be filled in no time,â€ť she said.
Since its inception, PCHCV has sought to offer not just hospice care, but palliative as well. The primary goal of palliative care is to help patients navigate through the distresses of dealing with life-limiting illnesses.
â€śWe are much more than a hospice center and half of the patients we see are not terminally ill,â€ť Ross said.
Palliative care includes pain management, repeated hospital admissions, anxiety/agitation, ventilator discussion, chemotherapy discussion, artificial hydration and tube feeding, among other things.
â€śWe deliver care for those suffering through serious illnesses, and itâ€™s the palliative care part that people donâ€™t know we do,â€ť Ross said. Â
PCHCV is a non-profit organization and draws much of its funding through individual donors, corporations and fund raising events, Ross said.
Ross said if people canâ€™t afford to pay, they are not turned away. Last year alone, Ross said, PCHCV spent more than $800,000 out of pocket to take care of patients.
For more information about Palliative, visit pchcv.org.