Hospice of Davidson County Patient Receives Honorary Master’s Degree Before Passing Away

Erin McCloskey
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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.”

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

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, skilled-nursing facilities and at The Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House.

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

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