Two not-for-profit mergers in the hospice space have been announced in recent months, both taking place in North Carolina.

In early March, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro and Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell in Burlington announced their decision to merge. The Greensboro-based not-for-profit serves Guilford County and surrounding areas. It provides home-based hospice care, operates a 14-bed hospice facility and offers a community-based palliative care service. The Burlington-based organization provides home health care, counseling for children and adults, and operates a 22-bed hospice home.

The two organizations currently serve more than 3,000 hospice patients annually. The combined organization will explore adopting a new name either before or after the merger becomes effective on September 30, 2019.

In April, Hospice of the Piedmont (High Point) and Hospice of Randolph County (Asheboro) announced their intent to merge, also on September 30.

Hospice of Randolph County provides in-home hospice care and operates 16-bed Randolph Hospice House. It offers bereavement services and palliative care programming in Randolph, Guildord, Alamance, Davidson, Chatham, Montgomery and Moore counties.

Hospice of the Piedmont operates the 18-bed Hospice Home at High Point, as well as in-home hospice care. It serves Guilford, Randolph, Davidson and Forsyth counties.

The merger has been in the works for about a year. Trent Cockerman, president and CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont, will lead the combined organization as CEO. The two groups served more than 2,000 patients in 2018 across their combined eight-county service area.