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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

Assistance for insulin dependent diabetics in Stanislaus and Merced counties

August 23, 2022

MEMORANDUM

To: EMC Health Foundation Directors

From: Jeffrey Lewis, President and CEO (209/250-2315)

Re: Creating a Lifesaving Solution: The $2 Charitable Insulin Relief Plan

Date: August 22, 2022

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Diabetes has become one of the nation’s most vexing cost and health challenges and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. and California. Across the country, more than 9 million adults take insulin daily.

Nationally, more than 35 million people live with this disease. To put that in perspective, one in ten Americans is affected by diabetes. The California Department of Public Health estimates that in 2017, one out of every nine adults in California were diagnosed with diabetes.

While it is unthinkable for individuals and families in financial distress to choose between food, medicine, or being able to drive to work, that is today’s reality.

Research tells us that one in four insulin-dependent diabetics report rationing the required dosage or stopping it. Rationing is not new but can be life-threatening. Patient nonadherence is one of the most significant factors associated with poor health (and lack of glycemic control) for type two diabetes.

Rising out-of-pocket costs required by health insurers continue to impact low-income workers and middle-income families who do not qualify for Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program). The working poor often struggles with being underinsured. Many more workers select High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), which offer a lower monthly premium but require families to spend more out of their pocket before the insurance plan is implemented. For example, if the family deductible is $2,700, they must first spend that $2,700 before lifesaving insulin would be covered, which means paying the cash price.

To help address this growing problem in Stanislaus and Merced counties, the EMC Health Foundation is launching a $2 Charitable Insulin Relief Plan beginning immediately and running through Dec. 31, 2022, for financially needy individuals and families with inadequate employer-provided insurance or no insurance.

Unfortunately, people enrolled in Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Tricare (Veterans’ benefits) are not eligible due to special rules imposed by those programs.

The $2 Charitable Insulin Relief Plan is a pilot program limited to only qualifying residents of the following communities and ZIP codes: 95301, 95303, 95307, 95313, 95315, 95316, 95322, 95324, 95326, 95328, 95334, 95358, 95360, 95363, 95374, 95380, 95381 (P.O. Boxes only), 95382, or 95388.

Regardless of what you have been paying for your insulin, if you qualify, under the Charitable Insulin Relief Plan, it will only cost you $2 per month (per prescription). EMC Health Foundation’s Insulin Relief Plan will make up the difference. At a time of skyrocketing inflation causing high gasoline and food costs, people with diabetes need extra financial relief.

Here is how the program works:

1. Go online to www.tinrx.com and click on services and then PharmAffordable Insulin Relief Plan.

2. Complete the form and hit send.

3. Or bring your insulin prescription to the TIN Rx Pharmacy located at 1801 Colorado Ave. in Turlock, where you can fill out the needed form.

4. Or ask the TIN Rx pharmacist to call your local pharmacy and have the prescription transferred.

To be eligible

The $2 Insulin Relief Plan will help individuals and families in need. From now until December 31, 2022, a patient will pay a total of $8 ($2 a month) for their needed insulin, compared to the hundreds of dollars they are spending now for a four-month supply.

As prices of life-saving insulin continue to soar, more and more people are left scrambling to afford it. Our goal with the $2 Charitable Insulin Relief Plan is to focus on needy individuals and families who are seeing inflation eat away at their paycheck and struggle with the rising gasoline prices and the increasing challenge to pay for food. Our goal is to help ensure that insulin-dependent diabetics can access affordable medications today.