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Park Ridge Hospital to Host Project C.A.R.E.

Release Date: May 26, 2010
Contact: Lori Walston, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH: Over the past six months, the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) worked closely with an advisory group to strategically select a new host organization for Project C.A.R.E. in western and piedmont North Carolina. Project C.A.R.E.—Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty— offers critical respite care, family consultation and linkage to community resources to family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. 

Park Ridge Hospital was recently selected to serve as the new host organization, effective July 1. Currently celebrating its centennial year, Park Ridge Hospital is a non-profit health care facility located in Fletcher (Henderson County). It is a part of the 37-hospital Adventist Health System.

“Park Ridge Hospital is committed to providing a supportive environment for Project C.A.R.E. and ensuring high standards of community-based service,” said Dennis Streets, DAAS Director. “They share our goal of statewide expansion of Project C.A.R.E. and are dedicated to meeting the critical needs of families caring for people with dementia.”

The Project C.A.R.E. staff at Park Ridge will continue to serve as the program’s statewide training and technical assistance resource—as well as manage Project C.A.R.E. for the participating western and piedmont counties. 

“Park Ridge is honored to join with Project C.A.R.E. to continue providing these vital services to our region,” said Jimm Bunch, President and CEO of Park Ridge Hospital. “We recognize that dementia impacts the entire family and, like Project C.A.R.E, we are committed to attending to caregivers.”

“Establishing a strong and stable foundation for Project C.A.R.E. with Park Ridge Hospital is a vital step forward in moving this valued program from its local and regional success toward eventual statewide expansion,” Streets said.  

DAAS started this nationally acclaimed program in July 2001 in western and piedmont North Carolina through a federal Alzheimer’s demonstration grant received from the U.S. Administration on Aging.  In July 2008, the General Assembly added state funding to sustain and expand the program.  Project C.A.R.E. is now being offered in 22 counties across the state, with a goal of eventually serving families statewide.  The program especially strives to reach low-income rural and minority families.  More information on Project C.A.R.E.