Oct 24, 2016

Lexington, N.C. – Oct. 24, 2016 – On Friday, Oct. 21 Hospice of Davidson County patient Joseph Ferguson received an honorary Masters of Health Care Administration degree from Pfeiffer University at his home in Lexington. 52 year-old Ferguson, was on track to graduate with his MHA in August but wasn’t able to finish, due to his declining health.

In 2014, Ferguson earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from ITT Technical Institute and graduated valedictorian of his class. 

Ferguson, a father of four children and five grandchildren, proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years, receiving the Good Conduct Medal. After his time in the military, he was the supervisor for the Davidson County 911 Communication Center for nine years. For the past five years, Ferguson worked at Cone Health in Greensboro as a security officer.

“Receiving my diploma in Masters of Health Care Administration brings me great pride. I thank and appreciate God for the blessings that I have,” said Joseph Ferguson. “I take every day, one day at a time and try to be the best that I can be.”

“Pfeiffer University applauds Mr. Ferguson’s determination to pursue his master’s degree in spite of health challenges,” said Vernease Miller, dean, Division of Applied Health Sciences. “His accomplishment serves as an example for his children, grandchildren and working adults who need encouragement to finish what they start with excellence. Pfeiffer takes pride in meeting our students where they are and doing everything possible to help them to achieve their educational goals.”

Ferguson passed away peacefully in his home this morning (Monday, October 24) from a short illness. 

Hospice of Davidson County, a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region, cares for more than 100 patients every day in a variety of locations including private homes, long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Hinkle Hospice House.

Photo: Hospice of Davidson County patient Joseph Ferguson with Pfeiffer University professors, Dr. Vernease Miller and Dr. Parker Barnett.
Photo courtesy of Hospice of Davidson County

Link to additional photos:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/23469pkmbuvtw5k/AACg5kcMFQuneQuHzLackU3Fa?dl=0

For more information on Hospice of Davidson County, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org or Facebook

About Hospice of Davidson County:

Hospice of Davidson County celebrated its 30th anniversary year in 2015, and much has changed over the last three decades. In 2009, Hospice of Davidson County moved to its existing location off of US Highway 64 East in Lexington, N.C. and opened the county's only inpatient hospice facility, The Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House. Today, the agency cares for more than 100 patients every day in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Hinkle Hospice House. For more information, please visit HospiceofDavidson.org.


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