Community Hospice Awarded First CHAP Palliative Care Certification in the State of California and Receives Hospice Reaccreditation

Community Hospice Awarded First CHAP Palliative Care Certification in the State of California and Receives Hospice Reaccreditation

July 19, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hosp​ice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Awarded First CHAP Palliative Care Certification in the State of California and Receives Hospice Reaccreditation

MODESTO, CA (July 19, 2019) – Community Hospice, the oldest nonprofit hospice organization serving the Central Valley, is pleased to announce they were awarded Palliative Care Certification and Hospice Reaccreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP). CHAP is the leading national accrediting agency nationally for hospice and home health organizations.

CHAP Certification/Accreditation demonstrates that Community Hospice meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards in palliative and hospice care. Community Hospice is surveyed every three years to maintain hospice reaccreditation. Palliative Care Certification is awarded to palliative care providers who meet standards of excellence and is also awarded for three years. In early June, CHAP completed Community Hospice’s hospice reaccreditation and the first CHAP survey for their palliative care program.

“We are pleased to award Palliative Care Certification to Community Hospice as well as continued Accreditation of the hospice,” said Barbara A. McCann, President and CEO of Community Health Accreditation Partner. “These achievements recognize Community Hospice’s commitment to quality care and to the community. The team has successfully extended their services by offering palliative care that has met national standards of excellence – the first hospice organization to do so in California under CHAP.

The purpose of CHAP is to objectively validate the excellence of community healthcare practice through consistent measurement of the delivery of quality services. CHAP assesses all areas of an organization including management, quality, patient outcomes, resources and long-term viability.

“We are very proud to receive this highest recognition as it confirms the exceptional quality care, services and support that our staff and volunteers provide our patients and families every day,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President/CEO. “It is a great accomplishment to receive our hospice accreditation and we are thrilled to have the first palliative care program certifie​d by CHAP in California. I congratulate all of our employees and share my gratitude for their dedication and hard work throughout this process. Our Community Hospice family should feel a great sense of pride in achieving this recognition and success.”

About Community Hospice

Community Hospice is a nonprofit, community based hospice agency, serving the Central Valley since 1979. Community Hospice provides compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of the ability to pay. Care extends to over 250 patients every day in private homes, skilled nursing facilities and at the sixteen-room Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information please call (209) 578-6300 or visit www.hospiceheart.org.

About CHAP

CHAP is an independent, nonprofit organization accrediting providers of home and community-based care. Founded in 1965, CHAP was first to recognize the need for and value of home and community-based care standards and accreditation. As a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)–approved accrediting organization, CHAP surveys organizations providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services to establish if Medicare Conditions of Participation and DMEPOS Quality Standard are met and recommend certification to CMS.CHAP’s purpose is to partner with organization nationwide to advance quality in the delivery of care and services in the home and community. For more information about CHAP visit www.chapinc.org.​​

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Community Hospice Clergy Forum

July 1, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

July 1, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY

Community Hospice Clergy Forum
The Faith Leaders Role in Advanced Illness and End of Life Considerations

WHAT:
Join Community Hospice for non-denominational clergy forum as we share practical information on how to navigate the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of someone facing an advanced illness.

The Community Hospice Clergy Form will feature topics such as How We Can Do Better Serving the Seriously Ill and Dying, Self-Care for Caregivers and Clergy, and Healthy Living… Healthy Grieving. This year’s forum will feature author and MFT, H. Norman Wright as the keynote and closing presenter. Joining Mr. Wright will be Mark O’Sullivan – President and Executive Director of Educational Ministries, Sue Garcia – Grief Support Specialist for Community Hospice, Jeffrey Funk – BCC with Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association and Judy A. Jensen – Owner and Attorney with the law firm of Gianelli Nielsen.

Chaplains, priests, ministers, rabbis and all community faith leaders would benefit from this educational forum.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Cost is $20.

WHEN:
October 3, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Community Hospice
4368 Spyres Way
Modesto, CA 95356

DETAILS:
Founded by two volunteer registered nurses in 1979, Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, has provided compassionate and quality care, comfort and support to thousands of friends and neighbors facing terminal illnesses in their time of need. Today, Community Hospice provides care to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Grief Support Services are also available to anyone that has experienced a loss, at no cost. For additional information call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Sally Shepherd Cofer-Lindberg

June 29, 2019

Mrs. Sally Shepherd Cofer-Lindberg, one of our Friends of Community Hospice members, past board member and author of “The Hospice Heart: A History of Community Hospice”, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 30 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary and thank her for her continued dedication and support.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Christine Stewart

June 20, 2019

Mrs. Christine Stewart, is our Director of Palliative Care and Pediatric Services and our most tenured employee. She has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 28 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary and thank her for her continuous dedication and support.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Carmen Skeen

June 11, 2019

Mrs. Carmen Skeen, a Community Hospice Volunteer and Julio & Aileen Gallo Leadership Award Winner, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 21 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Roni Edgmon

May 30, 2019

Mrs. Roni Edgmon, Friends of Community Hospice Member and Harold A. Peterson, III “Heart of Hospice” Award Winner, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 12 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Jeff Cowan

May 24, 2019

Jeff Cowan, a Community Hospice Advisory Council Member, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 15 years. We are honored to hear his remarks on our 40th anniversary.

Community Hospice Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary at the 18th Annual Foundation Gala

May 22, 2019

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

Community Hospice Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary at the 18th Annual Foundation Gala

Modesto, Calif. (May 22, 2019)–On May 18, 2019 over 650 community members gathered at the home of Dr. Wesley and Mrs. Heidi Kinzie in Modesto, California for the 40 Year Anniversary celebration at the 18th Annual Community Hospice Foundation Gala. Guests enjoyed Live and Silent Auctions, a raffle, appetizers and dinner by Greens Events.

Several community members were recognized for their dedicated service and support in advancing the organization’s mission. The Julio R. and Aileen Gallo Leadership Award was awarded to James “J.D.” Grothe for his passionate commitment and enthusiastic leadership. Françoise DeMartini was awarded the John and June Rogers Philanthropic Award. Françoise embodies the heart of hospice by giving and raising funds to assure that the mission of Community Hospice continues, regardless of the patient’s or family’s ability to pay. The Harold A. Peterson, III Heart of Hospice Award was presented to Roni and James Edgmon for her their long-standing commitment to the mission of Community Hospice.

This year’s Cash for the Cause was to raise needed funds to support our Camp Erin® of the Central Valley. Thanks to our generous community, Cash for the Cause raised over $48,000 to support many children in our community who have experienced a loss.

Community Hospice Foundation Executive Director, Melissa Van Diepen said, “We are thrilled with the outcome of our Gala. It was a very wet but beautiful evening of celebration honoring our heritage, former Board and staff members and all those who have contributed to the mission of Community Hospice. We are humbled and grateful for the continued dedication and generosity our community members that allow us the privilege of providing support when needed.”

The 40 Year Anniversary Celebration Gala was a great success raising more than $365,000 to support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice.

About Community Hospice Foundation
Community Hospice Foundation is a community-based nonprofit, raising awareness and funds to support the patients and families of Community Hospice.

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 2,000 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 bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.
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