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Hospice equipped to meet inpatient pediatric needs; gets grant for equipment and supplies

Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) recently expanded patient services at all its hospice care centers, thanks to a grant by the Eshelman Foundation. The grant provided funds for needed equipment to convert any regular patient room into a pediatric patient room.

Pediatric hospital cribs, scales, monitors and other equipment, as well as bedding and décor to make a room more child friendly, is now housed onsite at each of LCFH’s hospice care centers in Wilmington, Bolivia and Whiteville. Whenever there is a need, staff at these facilities will be able to quickly and easily make the conversion to accommodate families with inpatient pediatric needs.

Kim Eshelman Batten, executive director of the Eshelman Foundation, recently visited the Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion in Wilmington. As the project was near and dear to her heart, she viewed a room that had been converted using the equipment, supplies and other items purchased with the grant.

A few years ago, Batten’s infant son died while in hospice care. Her family had wanted to receive care at LCFH’s Wilmington hospice care center, but the agency was unable to source the needed equipment quickly enough to meet her family’s needs.

The grant ensures that other families in our area who have acute hospice inpatient pediatric care needs have the services available closer to home. This allows them to be in their own community receiving the love and support of family members, friends, neighbors and others they know at a time when they need it most.

“This grant truly speaks to our organization’s vision to serve everyone touched by a life-limiting illness,” said Gwen Whitley, LCFH president and CEO. “No one ever likes to think of children needing hospice care, but we are privileged to now be able to better serve these families right here at home. This grant is a huge gift for families in need of pediatric inpatient hospice care in our region. We appreciate the Eshelman Foundation’s support of our mission.”

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness, support and counseling to families and education to the community. For more information, visit

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