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Harris Palliative Care and Hospice

Contact: Rachel Henke, BSW
Mailing Address: 68 Hospital Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone Number: 828-631-1702
Fax Number: 828-586-7866
Email Address:
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m. Monday-Friday

81 Medical Park Loop, Suite 203, Sylva, NC 28779

From campus, follow highway 107 toward Sylva. Turn right at the traffic light by Bogarts. When passing Harris Hospital, take the next left turn into Medical Park Loop (upper level). The hospice office is in Suite 204, on the backside of the building. There is a sign by the door that read “Harris LifePath Palliative Care and Hospice”.

Agency Description: Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. We are Harris LifePath – an identity that truly represents the breadth of programs and services we offer – while continuing to maintain our passion to create personalized, positive, and meaningful care experiences.

Our volunteers are special people who provide many different types of support for the Hospice program and those coping with terminal illness, grief, and loss. They are good listeners, nonjudgmental, adaptable and have a strong desire to reach out with love and concern to others.

Training: Hospice regulations set a 12 hour training as a requirement. Volunteers must complete an application form, a criminal background check, drug screening, flu shot (during flu season) and TB test. The cost for these are covered by our agency.
Time Commitment:

Due to the time and money it takes to train volunteers, we ask that students please commit to a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service.

Skills, Experience, and
Special Requirements:

We provide training to our volunteers.
Volunteer Involvement: A volunteer can be as involved as they would like. Our patients and families enjoy the company of others. Volunteers are also helpful to our patients and families by providing respite for family members who care for our patients.
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