Hospice Project

The hospice fund was established in 2011 to honor the exceptional cardiologist, Dr. L. Ashley Stroud, who died after a long, courageous battle with a brain tumor.  His colleagues, friends and family saw the need for end of life care in New Bern and started the fund in hopes of building an inpatient hospice home in Craven County. 

The CarolinaEast Foundation, together with CarolinaEast Medical Center, Craven County and the Craven County Health Department, created a model of ownership and funding for the hospice home project. Unfortunately, changes in healthcare and an evolving perspective on the business model have rendered the project inactive at this time.

The fund continues to be managed as a restricted investment for the hospice home project in anticipation that the project will become active again.  Please do not hesitate to call the Foundation with any questions regarding this fund.


Hospice Background

The L. Ashley Stroud M.D. Inpatient Hospice Fund and the life of Dr. Ashley Stroud ...

Larry Ashley Stroud died on March 23, 2011 after a long and valiant struggle with a brain tumor.  It was obvious at the end of Ashley's life, the need for a hospice home here in New Bern, NC.
The CarolinaEast Foundation has a fund in Ashley's memory for the creation of a hospice home. 

Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with distinction from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. After a residency at University of Alabama Hospitals and a cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center, Ashley and his family moved to New Bern and he became one of the founders of The Heart Center of Eastern Carolina. His many honors and achievements included election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, fellowships in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians, and board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Echocardiography.

Ashley was passionate about his patients and worked tirelessly and selflessly to build The Heart Center. He had a razor sharp wit, which he delivered with unique dryness and timing. He usually only smiled at his humor while his audience laughed out loud. Ashley was not demonstrative about his affections, but his great kindness showed in his eyes and in his deeds. He was devoted to his college sweetheart, Jackie, whom he married. He was passionate about UNC and the Tar Heels, but patiently donned a Demon Deacons sweatshirt when his daughter chose to go to Wake Forest. Ashley loved playing golf, and was proud to see his son beat him at the game. He had a large capacity for friendship and enjoyed and made time for many friends. Ashley will be sorely missed in many places and by many people.

Dr. L. Ashley Stroud’s family, friends and colleagues honored his compassion and dedication to his patients and profession through the creation of the hospice fund at the Foundation in his memory.