Our Mission: To provide access to the highest quality LifeCare, education, and supportive services to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve.
Our story began as a mission to help our community by providing care and compassion to those with life-limiting illnesses. Our founders had a deep sense of how profoundly illness and grief can affect patients, their families and those they love. It was this devotion that inspired the creation of Lower Cape Fear Hospice (now Lower Cape Fear LifeCare) in 1980. Dr. Daniel Gottovi, a local physician, led the group that became our first Board of Directors.
Sandy Morgan, a 27-year-old UNCW nursing student, was our first patient. She was admitted on July 1, 1980. Sandy and her husband, Philip, had signed up to be some of our first hospice volunteers. However, Sandy was then diagnosed with cancer and needed our hospice support. The compassionate treatment and selfless volunteer spirit that surrounded Sandy and her family remains an important part of the way we care for Lower Cape Fear LifeCare patients and families today.
Today more than 6,000 families trust us with their care every year.
Since opening, we have expanded to continually offer the highest quality care available for those in our community. Some of our important milestones include:
- Our 12-bed Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion in Wilmington opened in 1997.
- Our six-bed Angel House Hospice Care Center opened in 2008 in Whiteville.
- In 2009, we launched Begin the Conversation, our advance care planning program that was created to encourage and guide everyone through discussions about their health care and end-of-life wishes. We also urge everyone to complete the appropriate state-recognized advance care directives to help ensure wishes are honored.
- In June 2009, we opened the Katherine and Duncan Phillips LifeCare and Counseling Center, which also serves as our administrative Home Office in Wilmington.
- Our seven-bed SECU Hospice House of Brunswick in Bolivia, began serving patients in 2012
- In 2014, a new, six-bed wing was completed at our Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion.
The original 12 rooms were also renovated.
- In April 2014, we expanded our services into South Carolina when Mercy Care, a 30-year-old nonprofit hospice, became a part of our agency.
- As of January 1, 2020, Lower Cape Fear Hospice changed its name to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare to better represent its expanded service lines, unite Mercy Care and Lower Cape Fear Hospice under one name and logo, and position the agency for future growth. As Lower Cape Fear LifeCare the agency offers access to a spectrum of health services from palliative care through hospice care, at any point in a person’s life, wherever they call home. LifeCare also provides support and education to loved ones and caregivers throughout the stages of illness and the grieving process.
Today, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare cares for patients and families in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties in North Carolina, and Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties in South Carolina.
We welcome the opportunity to speak to you or your community organization about our services.
Do you have a loved one who is facing a life-limiting illness?
Are you or a loved one facing a chronic or serious illness and looking for improved quality of life while treatment is ongoing?
Are you confused about advanced care planning?
Have you and your family lost someone special in your lives and need grief support?
We will be glad to answer your questions. Call 800.733.1476 for more information.
Make a difference through the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation
Thanks to the support provided by donors through the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, we were able to build our three care centers in the communities they serve and an administration office to better serve patients and families in Southeastern, North Carolina. Please consider getting involved today.