• Pictured, from left, is Brian Center Administrator Shelley Tinsley, Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge Clinical Operations Officer Lisa Boone, Brian Center Director of Care Transitions Heather Steuer, Hospice of the Blue Ridge Programs Coordinator Lori Hicks, Brian Center Unit Manager Shirley Topper, Hospice of the Blue Ridge Outreach Liaison Kris Goforth, Hospice of the Blue Ridge CEO Christina Jenkins and Hospice of the Blue Ridge Director of Community Development Kim Cuthbertson.
    Pictured, from left, is Brian Center Administrator Shelley Tinsley, Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge Clinical Operations Officer Lisa Boone, Brian Center Director of Care Transitions Heather Steuer, Hospice of the Blue Ridge Programs Coordinator Lori Hicks, Brian Center Unit Manager Shirley Topper, Hospice of the Blue Ridge Outreach Liaison Kris Goforth, Hospice of the Blue Ridge CEO Christina Jenkins and Hospice of the Blue Ridge Director of Community Development Kim Cuthbertson.

A place like home

Brian Center, Hospice of the Blue Ridge partner for General Inpatient Room

SPRUCE PINE – The Brian Center in partnership with Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge has officially opened its hospice General Inpatient Room.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Thursday, Jan. 24, to open the room that offers a home-like setting for hospice patients in need of a higher level of care for a short time. 

The Brian Center and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge collaborated to create a space that provides peace and comfort to patients as well as family members.

“It was such a blessing to see the end result of a great partnership between the Brian Center and Hospice of the Blue Ridge,” said Christina Jenkins, CEO of Hospice of the Blue Ridge. “The new room designed for hospice patients with special needs is a beautiful testament to the love and compassion we share for the folks in our community. It’s truly a special thing. Our heart is in this room and it’s nice to be able to offer it to the community.”

The idea behind the room was for it to be a place with a bedroom-like feel for at-home hospice patients with symptoms that can’t be treated at home, said Heather Steuer, director of care transitions at Brian Center of Spruce Pine.

“We have worked hard the past couple of years to grow our team and become a better resource in the community,” Steuer said. “I want resources in our community and this inpatient room is definitely a resource.”

Much of what is in the inpatient room was donated by People’s Furniture – an oversized chair, love seat, tables and a flat-screen television.

“We tried to be thoughtful when preparing this room,” Steuer said. “We want it to be calming and soothing and just like people find at their homes in Mitchell County.”

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