Organizational meeting held at Glenn R. Frye Hospital by concerned citizens. This meeting was coordinated and hosted by hospital administrator Jean Settlemyre.


Organization chartered by the State of North Carolina on September 7, 1979, as Hospice of Catawba Valley, Inc. The first hospice in the Unifour and one of the first three hospices established in North Carolina, all in 1979.


Hired first nurse coordinator and staff person, Josephine (Jo) Bell. HCV admitted the first patient and served 18 patients during the year. Some of the first board members included Bob Gora-President, Tim Roach-Vice President, Tom Taffe-Secretary, Dale Cline-Treasurer, Doug Freeman-Chair for Personnel and Finance, Pat Annas-Chair for Volunteers, Margery Adams-Education, and Dr. Trado-Director of Professional Policy. Additional members included Carolyn Moretz, Nell Thomas, Anne Crotty, Van Grimes, Rev. Randy Ferebee, Flossie Saddler, Pat Jones, Dr. Lee Young, and Dr. Douglas Miller.


Pete Prunkl joined Hospice of Catawba Valley as Executive Director in January.


Certified by Medicare and Medicaid.


Relocated from the First Presbyterian Church in Hickory to the Willard House at 263 Third Avenue NW in downtown Hickory. Served 118 patients with 11 staff members.


Number of patients served increased from 18 in 1980 to 235 in 1995, and staff size increased to 25.


David Clarke joined Hospice of Catawba Valley as Executive Director in March.


Received an outstanding donation of land from Johnnie Buff on Robinson Road in Newton, NC.


Completed a successful capital campaign to support facility construction at the Robinson Road location.


Relocated to the new campus at 3975 Robinson Road in March, which included the Carpenter Hospice Center and Catawba Valley Hospice House. Served 419 patients, and staff size grew to 51.


Initiated two new programs to support community needs: "Transitions" and "Grief in the Schools."


Researched the benefits of expanding the focus of hospice to include palliative care.


Initiated palliative care services and recruited and employed a full-time, certified palliative care and hospice physician.


Hospice of Catawba Valley changed its name to Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley to recognize organizations involvement in both hospice and palliative care services.


Opened new 9-bed Patient Care Facility. Established the Center for Leadership & Learning to provide end-of-life care education to medical professionals and the community. Served 1,095 patients, and staff grew to 134 members.


Became the first hospice in North Carolina to create specialized programs of care for heart failure and dialysis patients. Also one of the first hospices in the United States to employ a full-time Activities Director for the Hospice House. Served 1,424 patients, and staff grew to 160 members.


Began Courage to Care capital campaign to expand PCHCV's inpatient care facilities. Frequent requests for our services prompted an expanded organizational focus to serve Catawba and five of its surrounding counties. Served 1,549 patients, and staff grew to 179 members.


Completed Phase I of Courage to Care campaign. Construction began on expansion. Served 1,929 patients, and staff size increases to 183.


Celebrated our 30 Years of Caring and the opening of the expanded Catawba Valley Hospice House (to 21 beds). Served our 10,000th patient. Changed the name of our palliative care program to “Life Transitions.” Served 2,149 patients, and staff size increased to more than 200.


Broke ground for the Sherrills Ford Hospice House (6-bed unit). Grand opening of the Hospice Thrift Store located on Hwy 321 in Hickory. Established a specialized care program for COPD patients.


Opened the Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford, NC, in September. The 6-bed unit offers better access to residents in the Lake Norman area. 


Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley differentiated its service lines with new DBA entities: Catawba Regional Hospice and Life Transitions (palliative medicine). Increased ability to serve the region thanks to a new 10-county service area.


Named the grand prize winner of the 2013 Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards in Greenville, SC. Recognized for using technology in an innovative way and selected from approximately 90 other entries to win a $10,000 prize.


Premiered a smartphone app to facilitate patient referrals, increasing access to hospice care for both medical professionals and the general public. Achieved Level 4 Partner status in the We Honor Veterans program, a joint initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Joined National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI). Asked by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to showcase our We Honor Veterans program to US Senator Richard Burr. Opened a palliative medicine clinic at a local oncology practice. Celebrated Hospice Thrift Store's 5th anniversary.


Catawba Regional Hospice expanded service area from 10 to 12 counties to include Cabarrus and Rowan Counties.


David Cook began as Catawba Regional Hospice's President / Chief Executive Officer. Catawba Regional Hospice was been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst. PCHCV merges the two DBAs Catawba Regional Hospice and Life Transitions to create Carolina Caring.