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.
In December 2017, the fund changed names to the Inpatient Hospice Fund as the family and friends of Dr. Ashley Stroud made the decision to honor Ashley in the SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center at CarolinaEast Medical Center. The hospice 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.