Women' s issue the
Dr. Janice McAdams
Executive Director, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals Janice moved to Chapel Hill in 1975 to complete graduate school at UNC, earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She spent many hours on projects at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University United Methodist Preschool, and Ephesus Elementary before working in development at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. At Family House, she splits her days fundraising, planning for the expansion, “leaving my door open so people can drop in if they want to, listening to stories, having hard conversations sometimes when things don’t well and just being available.” Janice and husband John have three adult children and a lively black lab named Chessy. She’s passionate about growing things: plants, buildings and friendships old and new.
Janice on the Family House “We don’t offer any medical services. What we offer is safety, location – we’re a mile from the hospital – [and] transportation back and forth. It’s $45 for a room and $60 for a suite; almost nobody pays that. Whatever you pay, there’s an open pantry, there’s food almost every night, transportation to the hospital is free. You really can stay here for very little and then focus on what’s really important.” A Patient’s Perspective “When cancer strikes, it affects everyone in your family. With your chemo and your radiation, you don’t know what’s going to happen… and then you come home to this place, and you feel so safe here [at Family House].” –Ronald Livesay (cancer patient) and his wife of 47 years, Donetta Livesay, current Family House guests who usually live on Roanoke Island, NC Balancing Act “Just this week we were walking out of a board meeting, talking through our key board issues, when we passed a young family with two small children headed to their guest room at Family House. Without missing a beat, Janice engaged the parent, shared a laugh, offered to help if needed and made sure they were set for the night. In that single act, Janice reminds us all that what we do at Family House is not so much a job, but rather a commitment to help people from around our state who come to UNC Hospitals for care they can’t get close to home.” –Dr. Matt Ewend, Family House Board President
chapelhillmagazine.com May/June 2018