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Franklin Hospice House under construction

Construction of SECU Hospice House in Franklin has crossed the 50 percent completion mark.  It is anticipated that the region’s new hospice inpatient facility will be operational this coming fall. Four Season, The Care you Trust, a hospice care provider currently serving Western North Carolina, will operate within SECU Hospice House once construction is complete. 

Fundraising for SECU Hospice House continues to move forward as well. Through the continued generous support of the community, Hospice House Foundation of WNC has raised $4.2 million, including a $1 million grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union.  HHFWNC needs to raise an additional $300,000 to reach its $4.5 million Campaign goal.

The hospice house will provide a six-bed hospice inpatient facility for the far western region, including Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties, and Northeast Georgia. 

To learn more about this important regional initiative, visit, call 828.524.6375 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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