Four Seasons Compassion for Life

The Elizabeth House

Four Seasons provides inpatient care at the Elizabeth House, our 19-bed inpatient unit located in Flat Rock, NC. We often refer to it as our "hospice hospital."

The Elizabeth House

Opened in 1999 with 12 beds, Elizabeth House has been supported generously and consistently by the community. In response to a need for growth in inpatient services, Elizabeth House expanded to 19 beds with the opening of the Charles W. McGrady Wing in 2007. The facility was named in memory of Elizabeth Reilly, RN, the mother of the late Dr. Kathleen McGrady.

The concept of Elizabeth House is to provide a home-like environment where the interdisciplinary team can address challenging symptoms & issues that cannot be managed in another setting. Residents frequently can return to their home after a brief stay at Elizabeth House.

Elizabeth House is unquestionably home-like in its design and warmth flows from the hospice staff and volunteers to all who visit. Click here to read about family members' experiences at Elizabeth House.

 The Elizabeth House

The Name

Elizabeth House is named in memory of Elizabeth M. Reilly (nee Kinsella). She was the only one of her Irish immigrant parent's 12 children born in this country (New York City). Born October 23, 1898, Elizabeth was always interested in nursing, but after her marriage and subsequent birth of three children, she had to postpone her nursing aspirations until the 1930's. From the beginning, she was interested in the care of patients with terminal illness, particularly in the field of alleviation of pain. During World War II, she worked as a civilian nurse in an army hospital where once again she was in constant contact with the ravages of chronic pain.

At a time when the Hospice concept was just being introduced in the United States, Elizabeth was a veteran at handling terminal illness with love, compassion, respect, and her very deep spirituality. All this stood her in good stead when she had to deal with her own fight against malignancy and chronic intractable pain. She died in 1973 after a brave nine-year fight against carcinoma of the breast.