About Us


Every individual deserves the quality of life he or she wants when facing a serious illness or near life’s end.


To care for individuals and families with compassion, support, and expertise as they navigate the end of life or life-changing illness.


The right care at the right time, providing the best possible experience for patients and families in our community facing the end of life or life-changing illness.


1980s – 1990s
2010 – 2015
2016 – 2020


Hospice of Wake County is formed as a non-profit organization, with one staff member and 20 volunteers. The first patient admitted is a young child with leukemia, and five more patients are served that year.

The first Board of Directors of Hospice of Wake County includes Dr. Billy Dunlap (hematologist and oncologist in Raleigh), Kathleen Townsend (primary-care nurse at Rex Hospital), and Derenda James (nurse at WakeMed).


1980s – 1990s

Hospice of Wake County (HOWC) institutes a popular fundraiser – Oktoberfest – held for 17 years in Cameron Village and for three years in North Hills.

HOWC receives Medicare.

1980s – 1990s


We launch our Palliative Care program, the first of its kind in North Carolina.

Marketing begins on our capital campaign’s private phase.

North Carolina’s Council of State awards 8.7 acres of land for the area’s first free-standing hospice facility to be built off Trinity Road in Cary.


2010 – 2015

Hospice of Wake County opens the area’s first free-standing hospice facility. In 2011, the campus is dedicated as the Reid S. Towler Campus, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Towler and his $1 million gift in 2010.

Hospice of Wake County and Hospice of Harnett County merge to enhance access to non-profit hospice care.

In 2013, the Board of Directors approves a name change to Transitions LifeCare to reflect our offerings of more than “hospice” care and service to patients well beyond “Wake County.”

Guiding Lights and Transitions LifeCare form a partnership to improve efficiencies of both organizations.

Transitions Kids is introduced.

2010 – 2015

2016 – 2020

A $6 million campaign is completed, allowing for the construction of ten additional rooms in the Hospice Home.

Transitions HospiceCare is named a Hospice Honors recipient in 2017 and 2020 and a Hospice Honors elite recipient in 2018 and 2019.

Transitions PalliativeCare becomes largest provider of palliative care services in North Carolina.

Named TBJ’s Best Places to Work 2019 and 2020.

2016 – 2020


2021 Raleigh’s Best (N&O)
We are the BEST! Now, it’s not our norm to brag, this is coming straight from News & Observer readers! In all the categories, there were 50,000 votes! Within the “hospice” category, Transitions was named the BEST!

Earns NHPCO’s Quality Connections “Education” and “Application” rings.



Service Area

Transitions LifeCare offers a variety of expert care and support services in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties. To learn more about any particular service in your area, call 919.828.0890 or 888.900.3959 (toll free).

Sustain the Impact

Help us to sustain the impact. Your financial commitment will ensure that we keep our promise that no one will ever be turned away due to financial status. Throughout our service area, an average of 8% of patients are underserved and indigent, which includes adults and children – four times the national average. Your gift allows them to face end of life in a dignified way and in a place they call home. In addition, your support provides free grief counseling services through the Kit Boney Grief Center, providing hope and healing to everyone in the community.

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Diversity & Inclusion

At Transitions LifeCare, everyone is welcome. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and we are committed to providing an exceptional care experience to everyone. Treating you with respect and getting to know you as an individual helps us provide you and your loved ones the best possible care. We recognize that…

  • Creating awareness supports compassion.
  • Involving people from different perspectives creates more open doors.
  • Valuing contributions of people from diverse backgrounds helps build a better system to deliver care.
  • Inclusion helps everyone grow.

We embrace diversity of thought, background, experience, practice, and expression and actions that support inclusion. Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Making inclusion part of our strategic plan
  • Providing LGBTQ-inclusive and cultural humility training for staff
  • Racial Equity Institute Groundwater training
  • Seeking out methods to recruit a diverse workforce

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