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New Bern and Craven County's oldest and only "Hometown Hospice"

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Craven County Hospice began in 1980, in a small house, as a part of the mission of Craven County Health Department to help insure residents of Craven and surrounding counties receive quality end of life care, pain and symptom management at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.   Craven County Hospice is part of our local government and is the only “not for profit” hospice in Craven County.  We have provided end of life care to our region long before hospice care became a national industry. As a result, we have provided care for generations of families.  Staffed by trained health care professionals, we provide quality end of life palliative care in your home setting; whether this be a home, assisted living facility, or a skilled nursing facility.



Our goal is to give you the best quality care and the best quality of life possible. We want to help you live your life to the fullest, as pain and symptom free as possible. Driven by a philosophy of “doing the right thing” and providing care to everyone who needs our care, we are committed to being your first choice for hospice care in Craven and surrounding counties.  For anyone who has been diagnosed with an illness or condition which your physician believes will limit your life, consider hospice care as your best option.   Our team of individuals will promote quality of life for yourself and your family and be there to help you create and celebrate memories.  We are here to guide you and your family along what is one of life’s most important journeys.



The Hospice Concept and Philosophy of providing care for persons suffering from illness has existed for centuries. The root word for hospice is the same as the word “hospital” and “hospitality”. A more organized concept of Hospice began to take shape in the Middle Ages as religious orders accepted weary and sick travelers by offering them “hospitality” throughout Europe. However it was not until the 1960’s that the roots of the Modern Day Hospice Movement began to develop. It was the vision of Dame Cecily Saunders, a trained Social Worker, who later became a physician and tireless crusader to change the way society provided care for individuals who were facing end of life.  She founded St. Christopher’s Hospice in a suburb of London in 1967.


Original Craven County Hospice office. The site is now the location of the CarolinaEast Cancer Center.


Dr. Cecily Saunders



The first Hospice Organization in the United States was founded in 1974 in Connecticut. Long before Hospice Care became an industry, Craven County Hospice began providing end of life care in 1980 as a part of Craven County Health Department Home Health. For over 35 years, Our Mission has been to provide quality, end of life care to persons who face a life limiting illness or condition. Being a service of the Craven County Health Department, we are “not for profit” both in nature and organization. We are not part of a state wide, regional or national organization. We are truly proud to be: “Your Hometown Hospice”! Whether you live in New Bern, Havelock, Vanceboro, Cove City, Trent Woods, James City, Riverbend or anywhere in Craven, Jones, Carteret, Beaufort, Lenoir or Pamlico Counties, we are “Your Hometown Hospice”. Craven County Hospice is your leading provider of Quality End of Life Care. One Hundred percent (100%) of the families responding to our Medicare Certified Survey after the death of a loved one on our service responded that they received the “Best Hospice Care” and would recommend our services to friends and family. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness or condition that will result in a limited life expectancy and have exhausted all reasonable efforts to control that illness or condition, or if you have chosen not to pursue any treatment, we are here to help. Give us a call or complete the inquiry form under the “contact” tab of our website. We will be glad to explain our services and provide a no cost or obligation evaluation.

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