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Community Hospice Named One of 2023 Best Places to Work: Central Valley

April 20, 2023

MODESTO, CA (April 19, 2023) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, was recognized on April 13, 2023, by Opportunity Stanislaus and named alongside ten other community organizations as one of the Best Places to Work in the Central Valley.

Best Places to Work: Central Valley started in 2017 when Prime Shine Car Wash (now Mister Car Wash) sought to create an independently verified survey and ranking program for local businesses. They partnered with Opportunity Stanislaus, a local economic development organization that agreed to act as the local host- with one catch. Opportunity Stanislaus wanted to ensure that all rankings be decided by an unbiased third party so that no companies could wield an advantage based on size or local popularity.

Enter Best Companies Group, an internationally known survey and rankings program known for its comprehensive extended data reports. The best part is all participating companies get survey results and no one, even Opportunity Stanislaus staff, finds out if a company participates and does not make the list of Best Places to Work. “Not everyone makes the list, but everyone gets the information they need to make vital organizational improvements and that is so important especially in this climate with companies competing for a talent pool that is proving to be restless.” said David White, Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity Stanislaus.

“Community Hospice is honored to be named one of the 2023 Best Places to Work in the Central Valley,” said Alisa Bettis, President/CEO of Community Hospice. “Our employees are the heart of our organization and essential to our community at large. It is because of our dedicated team that we can provide quality care and compassionate services to our community members when they need us most. Employee satisfaction is extremely important to us; we feel it’s fundamental that we encourage a safe and healthy work environment where our employees, who are our family members, are able to feel valued and thrive. We are so grateful for our Community Hospice family members that help us achieve our mission.”

All companies that participated in the 2023 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. For more information on Best Places to Work: Central Valley visit www.bestplacestoworkcentralvalley.com

 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 in their time of need providing hospice and palliative care services. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief and mental health support services through Hope Counseling. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

Kristin Mostowski, BACom

Director of Public Relations
Community Hospice, Inc.
4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356
Phone:  209.578-6301 • Fax:  209.541.3294
Email: kristin.mostowski@hospiceheart.org

 

Mission:

The mission of Community Hospice is to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all.

Community Hospice Announces New Board Members

April 6, 2023

For Immediate Release:

Contacts:

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

Community Hospice, Inc., and Community Hospice Foundation Announce the Appointment of New Board Members

MODESTO, CA (March 29, 2023) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley, is pleased to announce its new Community Hospice and Community Hospice Foundation Board Members.

Joining the Community Hospice Board of Directors is Mr. David P. Benn. Mr. Benn retired in 2016 from Sutter Health where he most recently served as the Regional President for the Central Valley. Prior to his Regional President position, he served as the Chief Executive Officer, among other roles, for Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. During his healthcare career of nearly 40 years, he was accountable for operations, long range strategy, leading growth, affordability, quality, service integration and community responsiveness.

Joining the Community Hospice Foundation Board of Directors is Mrs. Deborah Kidwell-Grayson, retired Assistant Store Manager for JC Penney Co. and Ms. Veronica Napier, retired Hospital Compliance Officer for Tenet Healthcare and Memorial Medical Center. Mrs. Grayson worked at JC Penney Co. for 30 years demonstrating great leadership and customer service. She was honored several times for her dedication and leadership, receiving recognition on multiple occasions for top campaign performance. Ms. Napier has more than 25 years’ combined experience working with Medical Group, Hospital, Health Plan and Foundation entities. She has extensive experience in healthcare compliance, operations, finance and administration.

“We are very excited to welcome our recently appointed Community Hospice, Inc. and Community Hospice Foundation Board Members,” said Alisa Bettis, Community Hospice President/CEO. “As we continue to meet the evolving needs of those in our community, we look forward to working alongside our new Board Members that can lend their leadership and expertise in helping us provide compassionate and quality care to our community residents and their providers. We are very grateful they have chosen to share their time and talents with us.”

The Community Hospice and Community Hospice Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organization’s mission to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all.

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 in their time of need providing hospice and palliative care services. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief and mental health support services through Hope Counseling. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

About Community Hospice Foundation

The Community Hospice Foundation is a charitable organization established in 2001 to raise funds and awareness for Community Hospice.

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Kristin Mostowski, BACom

Director of Public Relations
Community Hospice, Inc.
4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356
Phone:  209.578-6301 • Fax:  209.541.3294
Email: kristin.mostowski@hospiceheart.org

Community Hospice Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November 15, 2022

For Immediate Release

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

Community Hospice Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Modesto, CA (November 11, 2022) – Throughout the month of November, Community Hospice joins organizations across the nation in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (NHPCM). This year’s NHPCM theme is “meeting you where you are.”

For more than 40 years, Community Hospice has provided compassionate and supportive care to thousands of people throughout our community, allowing them to spend their final months wherever they call home and surrounded by their loved ones. Care teams create individualized plans of care that ensure pain management, therapies, and treatments all centered on the patients and their loved one’s goals and wishes.

Per the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, each year, over one million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices across the United States. When a patient is not eligible for hospice care, they may benefit from community-based palliative care, often offered by hospice providers. Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness also involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy through access to information and choice.

“As we celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we reflect and celebrate our patients and their families that have turned to us during their time of need. It is a great pleasure to be able to walk alongside them providing compassionate hospice and palliative care services as they travel their journey,” said Alisa Bettis, President/CEO Community Hospice. “We share our heartfelt gratitude for staff, volunteers, Board members, community partners and donors who help make our mission possible and support the important work we provide.”

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. 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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Community Hospice Announces New President/Chief Executive Officer Alisa Bettis

August 24, 2022

MODESTO, CA (August 24, 2022) – Community Hospice, Inc., the Central Valley’s oldest and largest nonprofit hospice and community-based palliative care provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Alisa Bettis as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 6, 2022. Ms. Bettis replaces C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice’s President/CEO, who resigned after eight years in October of 2021, and John E. Renner, Director of Logistics and Operations who has served as the Interim President/CEO.

“We welcome Alisa to the Community Hospice family,” shared Susan Donker, Community Hospice Board of Directors Chair. “Her background in clinical operations, quality and planning and compliance, along with her compassionate character, will play a pivotal role as we extend our excellent care to more families in need.”

Ms. Bettis has been employed the past six years as the Associate Director for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. In her current role, she managed a $60 million annual budget, 500 employees, 55,000 patient visits a year, clinical operations for family medicine, multispecialty, physical rehabilitation, and urgent care clinics. Prior to her position with the county, Alisa worked in leadership roles at both Bloss Memorial Healthcare District/Castle Family Health Centers and Kaiser Permanente.

“We are thrilled to have Alisa join Community Hospice and feel she is a perfect complement to our Leadership team and Community Hospice family,” said John E. Renner, Interim President/CEO. “Her invaluable background and experiences will support our staff and most importantly, help us better serve our patients and their families.”

“I am very excited to join Community Hospice and its excellent team. For more than 40 years, Community Hospice has grown from an inspired idea by two registered nurses to a respected and leading provider of vital service for those with serious and life-limiting illness in the Central Valley area,” said Ms. Bettis. “I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with the dedicated Community Hospice and Foundation Boards, volunteers and incredibly talented healthcare professionals and staff.”

Ms. Bettis holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Sacramento, in Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and Community Health Education and a Master’s of Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Healthcare Accreditation, Healthcare Compliance and Lean Healthcare Trained.

About Community Hospice

Community Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based hospice agency, serving the Central Valley since 1979. Community Hospice embraces individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to over 2,000 patients and families every year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities and at the sixteen-room Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides palliative care, grief and mental health support. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit give.hospiceheart.org.

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Kristin Mostowski 209.402.5154

Kristin.mostowski@hospiceheart