Qualifying for Social Security Benefits With a Terminal Illness

Qualifying for Social Security Benefits With a Terminal Illness

May 23, 2018

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, your family’s financial situation should be the last thing on your mind. Fortunately, if you require hospice care you’re nearly guaranteed medical qualification for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) approves millions of applicants for monthly benefits that can help pay for your hospice care, outstanding medical bills, your family’s housing or other expenses, and much more.

CSU Signal: Walls of Wishes Around the Community

May 10, 2018

If you could share your thoughts and wishes about the things you want to do in your life before you die, would you?

Before I die I want to… Travel the world? Get married? Learn to Yodel at a Walmart? Whatever the wish may be, it reflects the desires and goals of the individual.

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Lemonade Fundraiser Supports Community Hospice

May 10, 2018

We would like to extend a special thank you to Paige and Noah Baker who have used funds from their own lemonade stand to help support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice! Their generosity at such an early age is truly inspiring. Paige and Noah are true Community Hospice Heroes!

209 Magazine: Camp Erin of the Central Valley

May 8, 2018

Healing hearts and soothing souls
By PAUL ROUPE

Death is one of the hardest aspects of life, and it can be especially difficult for children to deal with. Many of the feelings attached to the loss of a family member—isolation, anger, confusion, grief—tend to overwhelm even the most stable person, so when the one trying to process those emotions isn’t mentally developed enough to analyze those feelings, they need support.

That’s where Camp Erin comes in.

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Oakdale Leader: Community Hospice Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

April 30, 2018

Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, celebrated and recognized its volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony on April 18. All volunteers received a special certificate of recognition. Several volunteers were recognized for outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Community Hospice and four dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2017 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award.

Community Hospice Named one of the Best Places to Work: Central Valley

April 27, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contacts:
Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Named one of the Best Places to Work: Central Valley

MODESTO, CA (April 27, 2018) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, was recognized on April 19, 2018 at the Ceres Community Center and named alongside eight other organizations as one of the Best Places to Work in the Central Valley.

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is in its second year of program participation and expects double digit growth for the 2019 program, which will begin in October. “The organizations selected for this designation are leaders in their field without exception,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus. “Their cultures and emphasis on employee satisfaction are evident in their employee response and evidence shows prospective employees will look favorably on these rankings as they search for their next position.”

“Community Hospice is honored to have been named as one of the Best Places to Work in the Central Valley for the second year in a row,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO of Community Hospice. “Our employees drive our mission and are true assets to our organization and the community at large. We do our best to encourage a safe and healthy work environment where our employees can flourish and thrive. It is our amazing staff that allows Community Hospice to provide compassionate and quality care to our community members in their time of need. It is our dedication to our patients, families and to one another is what makes Community Hospice one of the Best Places to Work.”

All companies that participated in the 2018 Best Places to Work: Central Valley program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is brought to you by Opportunity Stanislaus, Prime Shine Car Wash, and the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community at no cost. For more information, please call 209.578-6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.
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Modesto Bee: Hospice Names Chief Clinical Officer

April 27, 2018

Community Hospice has a new chief clinical officer, Karryn Unruh-Salonen, who most recently was director of clinical operations for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.

Salonen is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of health care experience. She will continue to be an educator for Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

Community Hospice Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Celebration

April 23, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contacts:
Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Celebration

MODESTO, CA (April 23, 2018) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, celebrated and recognized their volunteers at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony on April 18, 2018. All volunteers received a special certificate of recognition. Several volunteers were recognized for outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Community Hospice and four dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2017 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award. Named after the co-founder of Community Hospice, the awards are given each year to four volunteers for their outstanding service and spirit of excellence. One volunteer is chosen from the following: Community Hospice, Friends of Community Hospice, Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores and Camp Erin® of the Central Valley.

The Mary Jean Couer-Barron Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Ronna Porges. Ronna provides compassionate grief support to members of our community through the Community Hospice Grief Support Services Department. She also bakes delicious treats for the patients and families at the Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Ronna has been nicknamed our “baking angel”.

The Mary Jean Couer-Barron Friends of Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Mrs. Carol Mulrooney; current Social Chair of the Friends of Community Hospice. Carol has served in many capacities to support the fundraising efforts and mission of Community Hospice. She has played a significant role in the success of Friends of Community Hospice Annual Card Party, the Fantasy of Trees event as well as others.

Lillian Chua was awarded the Mary Jean Couer-Barron Hope Chest Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year. Lillian has been volunteering with Community Hospice for nearly 20 years. Her ongoing dedication to the mission of Community Hospice is a source of inspiration to her fellow volunteers.

The 2017 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Camp Erin® of the Central Valley award was presented to Mr. Jason LeBeouf. Jason has served as a cabin buddy at camp for the past four years. His dedication to supporting our campers along their grief journey has been a blessing to many in our community.

In 2017, more than 500 volunteers contributed 22,044 hours in support of the Community Hospice mission. “Volunteers are the heart of Community Hospice and we are blessed to have so many community residents give their time and talent to support our mission,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “We are grateful for all our volunteers that help support our patients and their families, and the programs we provide our communities.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or any of Community Hospice’s programs or services, visit hospiceheart.org or call 209.578.6300.

Photo Caption: The 2017 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award Winners (From Left to Right) Lillian Chua, Jason LeBeouf and Ronna Proges. (Not pictured: Carol Mulrooney)

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209. 578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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