Community Hospice Celebrates and Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation and Award Luncheon

Community Hospice Celebrates and Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation and Award Luncheon

April 11, 2019

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

Community Hospice Celebrates and Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation and Award Luncheon

MODESTO, CA (April 11, 2019) – 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 10, 2019. 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 2018 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 Coeur-Barron Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Audrey Hermanson. Not only is Hermanson a dedicated and compassionate grief support volunteer she also assists the Marketing department at events providing resources and awareness of Community Hospice programs

The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Friends of Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Mrs. Mardy Chipponeri; current Vice President of Membership for the Friends of Community Hospice and Chair of the Santa Shares Breakfast. Chipponeri 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 and has demonstrated leadership and a hospice heart.

Sharon Troglin was awarded the Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Hope Chest Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year. Troglin has been volunteering with Community Hospice for more than 25 years. Her ongoing dedication to the mission of Community Hospice is a source of inspiration to her fellow volunteers.

The 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Camp Erin® of the Central Valley award was presented to Ms. Domini Mills.
Mills has served as a nurse at Camp Erin since the beginning in 2014. Her dedication to supporting our campers along their grief journey, as well as our many camp volunteers has been a blessing.

In 2018, more than 550 volunteers contributed 23,023 hours in support of the Community Hospice mission. “Volunteers have always been and are still the heart of Community Hospice. We are fortunate 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 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award Winners (From Left to Right) Domini Mills, Sharon Troglin, Audrey Hermanson and Mardy Chipponeri.

About Community Hospice
Celebrating 40 Years of service, Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. 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 grief support services to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209. 578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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Community Hospice and Prospect Theater Project Inspires Conversation on Difficult Issues

April 10, 2019

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

Community Hospice and Prospect Theater Project
Inspires Conversation on Difficult Issues

MODESTO, CA (April 10, 2019) – In c​elebration and preparation of National Health Care Decisions Day in April, community members gathered at Prospect Theater Project on Saturday, April 6th, to engage in conversation that is often difficult to discuss, death and dying. The event, hosted by Community Hospice and Prospect Theater Project, featured two plays with interactive discussion around advance care planning.

“Our mission is to provide education to our patients, families and neighbors,” mentioned C. Desha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “This event was a creative and exciting way to reach more members of our community; providing them with crucial education and resources. We are very appreciative of sponsors Franklin and Downs and Legal Pathways for making this event successful. We look forward to more events similar to this one to our in the future.”

One of the play authors, Mr. CE McClelland who wrote Time To Go, made a special trip to Modesto from back East to attend the event and participated in the discussion sharing his story. Attorney Julie Richardson with Legal Pathways was also present addressing questions and notarizing Advance Healthcare Directives for those who wanted to complete one at the event.

“This project goes to the heart of the way theater best functions within a community: As a conduit through which complex human issues may be examined, assessed, and subsequently, through new or renewed understanding, acted upon,” said Jack Souza, Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Project. “Participating in this project has been personally enlightening and has prompted me to take direct steps to address the issues presented by the plays in my own life.”

To view photos of the event of for more information about Community Hospice programs and services, visit hospiceheart.org or call 209.578.6300.

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Celebrating 40 years of service, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to 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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Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Gary Ervin

April 9, 2019

Gary Ervin, Community Hospice Advisory Council Member and donor, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for 18 years.

We are privileged to have Gary as a part of our family and honored to hear his remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice named We Honor Veterans Level Three Provider

March 22, 2019

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

Community Hospice named We Honor Veterans Level Three Provider

MODESTO, CA (March 22, 2019) – Community Hospice is proud to announce they have been named a We Honor Veterans Level Three Program Provider. This distinguished honor certifies Community Hospice to honor the unique needs of veterans and their families with specialized patient care and grief support enhancing quality care for all.

As veterans often carry traumatic experiences from their military service, they may present an array of challenges as they face their end of life journey. Community Hospice is dedicated to providing individualized care to meet each veteran’s needs.

“Community Hospice strives to enhance and improve the quality of care for our veterans,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO. “Our local veterans have served our country in an effort to keep us all safe. It is an honor we do not take lightly to walk alongside our brave heroes as they face their end of life journey. We feel so very humbled and privilege to care for our veterans and share our appreciation.”

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration. The program is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. The program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement – to comfort patients with a history of military service and possibly physical or psychological trauma. For more information about the We Honor Veterans program, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Celebrating 40 years of service, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to 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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Community Hospice Named one of the Best Places to Work: Central Valley for Third Year in a Row

March 21, 2019

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 for Third Year in a Row

MODESTO, CA (March 21, 2019) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, was recognized on March 19, 2019 at the Riverbank Industrial Center and named alongside five other organizations as one of the Best Places to Work in the Central Valley.

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is in its third year of program participation and expects even more growth for the 2020 program, which will begin in October. “The organizat​ions 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 third 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. It is vital that we 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 friends and neighbors in their time of need. It is our dedication to our patients, families and to one another that make 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. For more information on Best Places to Work: Central Valley visit bestplacestoworkcentralvalley.com.

About Community Hospice

Celebrating 40 years, 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 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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Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: JoAnn Lindberg

March 13, 2019

JoAnn Lindberg, former Community Hospice Clinical Educator, was a dedicated employee and supporter of Community Hospice for 21 years.

We are privileged to have JoAnn as a part of our family and honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Wayne YeeAll changes saved.

March 4, 2019

Chaplain Wayne Yee has been with Community Hospice for 19 years. During this time, his compassionate support has brought joy and fellowship to countless patients, families and community members.

We are so grateful for all Chaplain Wayne Yee does to support the mission of Community Hospice.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Meryl Snider

February 14, 2019

Meryl Snider, Friends of Community Hospice member and Community Hospice volunteer, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for 33 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Lupe Perez

February 5, 2019

Lupe Perez, our Director of Volunteer and Grief Support Services, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for 17 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: John and Jodi Renner

January 27, 2019

John Renner, our current Director of Retail Operations, and Jodi Renner, one of our Clinical Administrative Assistants, have been dedicated employees of Community Hospice for 14 and 12 years, respectively. We are honored to hear their remarks on our 40th Anniversary.