Four Seasons Compassion for Life

Four Seasons Compassion for Life News Room Archive and Profile

Celebrating over 35 years of service, Four Seasons Compassion for Life, a nationally respected, award-winning hospice and palliative care non-profit organization, remains deeply committed to serving the community through fulfilling its mission of “Co-Creating the Care Experience.” To date, Four Seasons Compassion for Life has served more than 10,000 patients in Henderson and Buncombe counties and surrounding areas.

The Four Seasons tradition of excellence began in 1979 when Jean Moulthrop Hoogstra, a Henderson County community volunteer, reached out to psychologist John Esse and registered nurse Claire Burse with the objective of providing services to terminally ill persons who would prefer to die at home. Under the auspices of a steering committee, the Hospice of Henderson County incorporated in December 1979. By June 1981, the hospice served its first patient, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Mike Smith Named Director of Finance of Four Seasons Compassion for Life

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., May 17, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Michael “Mike” Smith, M.B.A., and Certified Health Care Financial Professional (or CHFP), has been named director of finance with Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Smith attributes Four Seasons’ leaders for modeling quality personal growth and professional development.

Loretta Shelton Named Executive Director of Four Seasons Compassion for Life Foundation

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., May 4, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Loretta Shelton has been named executive director of the newly launched Four Seasons Compassion for Life Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the philanthropic support of the Four Seasons Compassion for Life mission of ‘Co-Creating The Care Experience.’

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Launches Foundation to Fund Quality Care during Serious Illness

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., May 3, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life, western North Carolina’s leading, community-based hospice and palliative care provider, announces the launch of the Four Seasons for Life Foundation. The philanthropic non-profit is charged with securing the resources to maintain quality care during serious, chronic, or life-limiting illness in Henderson and Buncombe counties, and across the region.

Ashley Albers Named Hospice Medical Director of Four Seasons

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., March 23, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life announces the promotion of Ashley Albers, D.O., to the position of hospice medical director. Albers holds a 2009 doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, and a 2004 bachelor of science in chemistry and mathematics.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Announces its 2016 Leadership

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Feb. 16, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life today announced its 2016-2017 officers and directors. Officers elected were Dorothy Moyer, chair, Columbus, N.C.; Greg Burnette, vice chair, Hendersonville, N.C.; John Veazy, Esq., secretary, Hendersonville, N.C.; and Stephanie Bailey, treasurer, Asheville, N.C.

Delta Care Rx Sponsors Innovative Hospice Nurse Intern Program of Four Seasons Compassion for Life

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Jan. 12, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A shared commitment to the greater good and a growing need for trained hospice professionals led Delta Care Rx, a nationally known hospice pharmaceutical provider, to partner with Four Seasons Compassion For Life in the recent development and implementation of an innovative 12-week ‘Hospice Nurse Internship Program.’

Volunteer in 2016: Four Seasons Compassion for Life Offers Orientation, Patient Care Training in January

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Jan. 8, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life, a non-profit, end-of-life and palliative care provider in western North Carolina, announces new volunteer orientation and patient care training opportunities during the month of January.

Documentary of Four Seasons Efforts to Improve Palliative Care in Zambia Receives Telly Award

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Dec. 3, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Filmmakers Dylan and Melanie Trivette of Trivette Images were recently recognized as bronze winners of the 36th Annual Telly Awards for their documentary ‘A Unified Presence’ in the non-profit organization category, Four Seasons Compassion For Life announced today.

Four Seasons Celebrates the Holidays with 25th Annual ‘Tree of Lights’ and 3rd annual ‘Songs for the Seasons’ Events

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., Nov. 30, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Illuminate the joys of the holiday season with Four Seasons Compassion for Life’s community celebrations, the 25th annual ‘Tree of Lights,’ Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m., and 3rd annual ‘Songs for the Seasons,’ Saturday, Dec. 5, immediately following the Henderson County Christmas Parade.

Four Seasons Recognized for Quality Care Provided to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 10, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life, an award winning hospice and palliative care industry leader, has been recognized as a Level 2 ‘We Honor Veterans’ partner for its organizational capacity to provide quality care for U.S. military veterans.

WNC Hospice Volunteers King, McBane, and Welch Awarded for Outstanding Service

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HIGHLANDS, N.C., Nov. 5, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Three Four Seasons Compassion for Life volunteers were recently awarded for their exemplary service to hospice patients and families in the western region of North Carolina, including Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

New ‘Healing HeARTS Holiday Workshop’ from Four Seasons Compassion for Life Supports Grieving Children, Teens

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Oct. 21, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — This holiday season, children and teens who have lost a loved one will be able to express and ease their grief, thanks to the debut of the ‘Healing HeARTS Holiday Workshop.’ The free event for grieving children and teens ages 6-18 is sponsored by the Heart Songs Program at Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Pinning Ceremony Offers Gratitude for World War II Service to Joseph Eyman

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., July 10, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In 1944, Joseph ‘Joe’ Eyman, private first class, U.S. Army, wouldn’t remember the Fourth of July fireworks. The landing and firestorm on Utah beach of Normandy, France, on the 6th, however, was something he’d never forget, the veteran said during a pinning ceremony hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, this week.

Four Seasons Announces 12th Annual Children’s Bereavement Camp

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., July 1, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, announces its 12th annual Camp Heart Songs to be held at Camp Tekoa, on Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, 2015.

Claire Hicks, M.D., Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Named Physician of the Year by Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C., April 28, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Claire Hicks, M.D., with Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, has been named 2015 Physician of the Year by the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina.

NCGA House of Representatives to Honor Hoogstra, Hendersonville Hospice Contributions with Resolution

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RALEIGH, N.C., April 27, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A resolution recognizing the importance of hospice care and honoring the memory of a western North Carolina visionary and Four Seasons Compassion for Life founder Jean Moulthrop Hoogstra is slated to be read this evening from the floor of the House of Representatives today.

Millicent Burke-Sinclair, Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Awarded Senior Certified Professional Credential by Society for Human Resources Management

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., April 15, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Millicent Burke-Sinclair, Ed.D, MBA, SPHR(R), SHRM-SCP, director of human resources with Four Seasons Compassion for Life, has been awarded the prestigious senior certified professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Four Seasons Compassion For Life Awarded Advanced Certification for Home Care from The Joint Commission

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., April 9, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion For Life today announces that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval(R) for Home Care. The award recognizes Four Seasons has met the rigorous criteria of nationally recognized and endorsed home care standards through the accreditation process.

The Triple Aim of Health Care: Four Seasons CMO Janet Bull Looks Ahead to a Future of Higher Quality, Better Service, and Lower Costs

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Feb. 10, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Janet Bull, M.D., chief medical officer of Four Seasons Compassion for Life, talks about the Triple Aim of Healthcare as if it were the Holy Grail. And for health care providers which hope to offer their patients higher quality, better service and lower costs during serious illness or at end of life, it may very well be the equivalent.

Four Seasons’ Stiwinter Receives 2014 Georgia Crump Certified Nursing Assistant Award

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HIGHLANDS, N.C., Jan. 29, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Melissa Stiwinter of Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, has received the 2014 Georgia Crump Certified Nursing Assistant Recognition Award. The award was conveyed in a Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 ceremony at the western office of Four Seasons, honoring Stiwinter’s contributions to the profession.

Health Care Cafe with Chris Comeaux, CEO of Four Seasons Compassion for Life, to Feature Physician Lance Plyler’s First-Hand Experience of ‘Ebola Outbreak in Liberia’ November 17

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 11, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Western North Carolina physician, Lance Plyler, M.D., is a recent veteran of the front lines of the Ebola epidemic, saving the lives of two Americans working to avert the crisis in Liberia: Kent Brantly, M.D., and his colleague, Nancy Writebol. Health Care Cafe, sponsored by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, airs the interview with Plyler, ‘Ebola Outbreak in Liberia,’ on WTZQ, 1600 AM radio, Monday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m.

Four Seasons Leads in Significant Percentage of Hospice Patients in Mountain Area Counties

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Oct. 1, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life, a respected hospice and palliative care provider, again leads the state and Mountain Area counties for its significant percentage of patients served at their end of life through its hospice services and programs.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Pardee co-host ‘Introduction to Palliative Care 101’ in Hendersonville (UPDATED)

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Western North Carolina residents who wish to learn more about compassionate care during serious illness are invited to attend an event co-hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life and Pardee Hospital. The free Lunch and Learn, ‘Introduction to Palliative Care 101,’ will be noon Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at the Pardee Signature Care Clinic in Blue Ridge Mall.

Four Seasons Featured in National Hospice ‘Moments of Life’ Campaign

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., July 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life has been chosen by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as part of its new ‘Moments of Life: Made Possible By Hospice’ campaign. Through one patient’s personal story, Four Seasons demonstrates the hospice focus on living and enabling special moments and memories at end of life for patients and their loved ones.

Four Seasons Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., July 1, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life, an award-winning hospice and palliative care industry leader, has become a national partner of ‘We Honor Veterans,’ a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Four Seasons to Receive $9.5 million to Pilot Medicare Reform through Innovative Community Palliative Care Model

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., May 22, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life today was notified they are the prospective recipients of a $9,596,123 grant award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, a program of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The non-profit agency emerges as the sole hospice and palliative care provider nationwide chosen to implement health care reform over a three year period through its innovative community care model designed to deliver better care outcomes and lower costs.

Creative Spirit of Edith Hopper Guthrie Inspires Gift Helping Four Seasons Ensure Quality Experiences for Families, Clients

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., May 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Edith Hopper Guthrie, 94, left this world for the next, she also left behind a legacy for family and friends that will be long-remembered, says Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock. Inspired by her mother’s creative, hard-working example, Carol Heilman, her husband, Bob, son David, of Charleston, S.C., daughter, Sarah Burghardt, of Fairfield, Calif., and those closest to her decided to show how much they care.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Celebrates ’35th Birthday Bash’ with Festivities on Saturday, May 10

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., April 23, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life celebrates its ’35th Birthday Bash’ Saturday, May 10, 2014, with a true birthday party from 6-10 p.m., says Callie Walston, philanthropy coordinator.

Learn to Protect Assets and Earnings Now by Planning for the Future at Four Seasons Seminar

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., April 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If you’re old enough to earn a living, parent a child, or think about maximizing your assets, then it may be time to consider the choices you need to make right now to protect your net worth in the future. That’s why Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, will sponsor ‘Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning 101: Foundations for Informed Choices,’ a free seminar, on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m.

Global Health Leader Njekwa Lumbwe to Attend Hendersonville Premiere of ‘A Unified Presence’ March 22

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., March 6, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Global health initiative leader, Njekwa Lumbwe, national coordinator of the Palliative Care Alliance of Zambia, is the guest of honor at a Hendersonville premiere film screening of ‘A Unified Presence,’ on Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Hendersonville High School Auditorium. Lumbwe will host a ‘talk back’ session for audience members following the viewing. A V.I.P. welcome reception for Lumbwe will precede the event from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Palliative Care Clinic.

Callie Walston joins Four Seasons Compassion for Life Development Department

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Jan. 15, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life announces the addition of Callie Walston, philanthropy coordinator, to its development department. A lifetime resident of Asheville, Buncombe County, Walston holds a 2006 bachelor’s degree in communications from Appalachian State University, and is a 2002 graduate of North Buncombe High School.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life Meets the Emerging Needs of Buncombe, western North Carolina’s Aging Population in the 2014 New Year

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 7, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As celebrants welcome the 2014 New Year, a retrospective look at 2013 shows that the aging of western North Carolina’s population, together with retirement relocations, has resulted in a rise in the numbers of individuals who may need specialized care during serious illness or at end of life, according to Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

Four Seasons CEO Shares Five Common Ways Families Know When it’s Time to Ask for Care Assistance for Aging Loved Ones

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Jan. 2, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As the holiday season draws to a close and families return home to resume work and school, the days following Christmas are frequently a time when the question of how to cope with an aging loved one’s long term illness is no longer a concern for the future. ‘January is often the time when family members reassess the amount and quality of care they can give, versus what Grandma or Grandpa needs,’ says Chris Comeaux, Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

Ron Fisher, M.D., Honored for Commitment to the Growth of Hospice and Palliative Care in Western North Carolina

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SYLVA, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Respected physician and western North Carolina hospice and palliative care pioneer Ron Fisher, M.D., will be honored by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, peers and colleagues as he retires as medical director of Med-West Health Systems, Sylva, after 27 years of distinguished service.

Four Seasons Chaplain and Grief Counselor Michael Lee Shares 10 Ways to Cope with Loss During the Holidays

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HIGHLANDS, N.C., Nov. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Individuals who have recently lost a loved one may find Thursday’s ritual of Thanksgiving and the onslaught of the holiday season to be constant reminders of their loss. ‘In order to cope, it’s important to meet grief where it is,’ says expert Michael Lee, a chaplain and grief counselor with the western North Carolina offices of Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

Four Seasons Illuminates the Holiday Season with 23rd annual ‘Tree of Lights’ and ‘Songs for the Seasons’ Celebrations

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Illuminate the joys of the holiday season with Four Seasons Compassion for Life’s community celebrations, the 23rd annual ‘Tree of Lights,’ Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., and ‘Songs for the Seasons,’ Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Four Seasons Named No. 1 Western North Carolina Hospice Provider

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Oct. 30, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A respected hospice care provider in North Carolina for almost a decade, Four Seasons Compassion for Life leads the western region of the state for its significant percentage of patients served.

Janet Bull, M.D., Four Seasons Chief Medical Officer, Named ‘Visionary’ Leader in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by AAHPM

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Oct. 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Janet Bull, M.D., chief medical officer of Four Seasons Compassion for Life, has been named a Top 30 Visionary by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Four Seasons to Sponsor ‘Healing with Horses’ A Teen Grief Support Camp

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Oct. 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A unique opportunity for grieving teenagers, using the assistance of horses in group therapy, will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, October 19 and October 26, 2013. The camp, hosted at Cantrell Farm in Mills River, N.C. is offered by the Heart Songs Program at Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

Four Seasons Efforts to Improve Palliative Care in Zambia Featured in Documentary

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A premiere screening of ‘A Unified Presence,’ a short documentary film featuring Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, and its cross-continental partnership with the Palliative Care Association of Zambia is slated for Tuesday, October 15, at Asheville Community Theater, 6:30-9 p.m.

Four Seasons Receives HRSA Grant Expanding Hospice and Palliative Care in Eight WNC Counties

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rural and medically underserved populations of eight western North Carolina counties will now have improved end of life care, thanks to a model education and training program of Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

Numbers of Buncombe, Western North Carolina Residents Living with Serious Illness on the Rise, says Four Seasons Compassion for Life

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — North Carolina area services, options and support result in relocation of patients in need of long-term care options, says Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Fewer than 15 minutes: That’s how long it took for a Virginia neurologist to tell Karen Zimmerman, then 51, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alzheimer’s Association, the results of her medical tests.

Janet Bull, Chief Medical Officer of Four Seasons Compassion for Life, is a Nominee for Top 25 Visionaries in the Field

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., July 24, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Janet Bull, M.D., chief medical officer of Four Seasons Compassion For Life, is a nominee for American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s list of top 25 visionaries in the field.

Bear Buddies Offer Comfort to Grieving Buncombe County Children, Teens

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If helping a grieving child makes one’s heart sing, then tune into this opportunity to help children and teens. Join the Heart Songs program of Four Seasons Compassion for Life as its Asheville Checkpoint kicks off its first Bear Buddy drive to benefit Buncombe families June 1-30.

Park Ridge Health presents 8th Annual Seasons of Life Soiree to Benefit Four Seasons’ Non-Profit Services for Western North Carolina Families

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Snazzy sparkles and well-worn blue jeans are the attire of choice for the 8th annual Seasons of Life Soiree 2013, an event to benefit vital non-profit patient services at Four Seasons Compassion For Life. The event is presented by Park Ridge Health at the Crown Plaza Asheville.

Janet Bull, Award-winning Chief Medical Officer of Four Seasons Hospice, Shares Quality of Life Concerns, Answers

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., March 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Janet Bull, Ph.D., the award-winning chief medical officer of Four Seasons Hospice goes to work, it’s more than showing up for a job. She helps people find meaning.

Four Seasons Named A Top North Carolina Hospice Provider

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons, Compassion for Life (fourseasonscfl.org) has received recognition as a top hospice care provider in the state for its significant percentage of patients served for almost a decade.