Health Plan of SJ launches pilot palliative care program aimed at easing pain, suffering

Health Plan of SJ launches pilot palliative care program aimed at easing pain, suffering

October 25, 2017

FRENCH CAMP — Health Plan of San Joaquin has initiated a pilot program called Palliative Care Options for members diagnosed with one of four critical diseases. Key elements include home visits from nurses and 24-hour access via telephone to a care provider.

It follows an earlier initiative started last year when Health Plan partnered with San Joaquin General Hospital to open the Palliative Care Clinic. Both programs fill a large gap in the care provided for seriously ill low-income patients on Medi-Cal and are funded by grants from the California Health Care Foundation.

Health Plan began its palliative care program for its 350,000 members in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties early in anticipation of the new Medi-Cal benefit scheduled to start statewide in 2018.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

LEAD
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

WHAT:
In support and appreciation for our local Law Enforcement, our communities are invited to join together for a fun filled day of fellowship, community vendors, food, games and activities, pumpkin patch, hay ride, entertainment and more!

Law enforcement departments (California Highway Patrol, Police Department, Probation, Sheriff’s) will have booths, vehicles, dogs, bounce houses, and more. All are welcome to connect and communicate with their local Law Enforcement Officers. At LEAD you can expect to have a unique kind of fun and make lasting memories! Be sure to invite all your family and friends to this awesome event!

WHEN:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Shelter Cover Church
4242 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA 95357

REGISTER:
Event participation is FREE to all community members.

DETAILS:
The LEAD team has come together for the second year in a row to offer community residents the opportunity to support and appreciation our local Law Enforcement. This event will provide a filled day with family, friends, food, fun, mascots, shopping, entertainment and awesome raffle prizes! For more information look us up on Facebook @LEADmodesto. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available, to learn how you can participate contact Consuela at 209.985.4332.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Consuela Hozan-Farcas
209.958.4332
Consuela@trusted-referrals.com

Kristin Mostowski ​
209.578.6301/209.402.5154
Kristin.mostowski@hospiceheart.org​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Community Hospice Appoints Two New Associate Medical Directors

September 7, 2017

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

Community Hospice Appoints Two New Associate Medical Directors
Community Hospice Welcomes New Associate Medical Directors

Modesto (September 7, 2017) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency serving the Central Valley, announced the appointment of two new Associate Medical Directors, Dr. Ann Marie Truscello and Dr. Richard O. Camacho.

“Community Hospice is pleased that Dr. Ann Marie Truscello and Dr. Richard O. Camacho have accepted the position of Associate Medical Director,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO of Community Hospice. “Our Board Members, management and staff are thrilled to welcome Dr. Truscello and Dr. Camacho to our organization. Their experience and leadership will be a great asset in helping us provide the best quality care to our patients and their families.”

Dr. Truscello is a Pediatrician at Modesto Pediatrics and will be supporting Community Hospice’s Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Dr. Truscello received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The University of California, San Diego, CA in 1982. She attended Pennsylvania State University, School of Medicine, graduating with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1986. She completed an OB/GYN Internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ in 1987 and her Pediatric Residency at the same hospital in 1990. Dr. Truscello is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Richard O. Camacho is an Internal Medicine hospitalist with AllCare Hospitalist Medical Group. Dr. Camacho received his Bachelor’s Degree from Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 1994. He attended De La Salle University College of Medicine, located in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines, graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1999. He completed his Internship and his Internal Medicine Residency at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2004. Dr. Camacho is licensed by the State of California and Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

For additional 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 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the sixteen-bed 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 www.hospiceheart.org.
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Community Hospice Announces New Board Member

August 30, 2017

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

Community Hospice Announces New Board Member

MODESTO, CA (August 30, 2017) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley since 1979, is pleased to welcome a new member to their Board of Directors.

Joining the Community Hospice Board of Directors is Mrs. Susan C. Donker, current Executive Human Resources Consultant with Pacific Rim Advisory Group, LLC and past Sutter Health Regional Vice President of Human Resources, Central Valley Region. “I am delighted to welcome Mrs. Donker our newly appointed Board Member to our Community Hospice family,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President and CEO. “Mrs. Donker brings to Community Hospice a wealth of strategic and organizational development experience. We look forward to working together to proactively provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to our community.”

The Community Hospice Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteer leaders who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organization’s mission to provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

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, assisted living facilities 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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Modesto Rotary Club 26th Annual Senior Stride Fun Walk

August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

Modesto Rotary Club 26th Annual Senior Stride Fun Walk

WHAT:
Senior Stride Fun Walk event provides seniors, families and friends the opportunity to enjoy fellowship, a fun walk, entertainment and more while learning about services and resources available to them in our community.

WHEN:
Friday, September 8, 2017
8:00-11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
East La Loma Park
2001 Edgebrook Drive
Modesto, CA 95354

WHO:
Modesto Rotary Club has been committed to improving the world, on a local and global level. With over 200 members, we are among the largest Rotary clubs in California’s Central Valley. Rotary International is a global organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 200 countries worldwide, approximately 1.3 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs. For additional information, visit modestorotary.org or call (209) 578-9999.

Register:
Registration fee to participate is $2.00 and includes a Senior Stride t-shirt, light breakfast, community vendor fair and more. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To learn more about Senior Stride or to register call (209)578-9999. Event sponsorship opportunities are available.

Media Contact:
DeSha McLeod, Senior Stride Committee Co-Chair
(209)578-6321 or desha.mcleod@hospiceheart.org

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August Super Star

August 21, 2017

Kathy Stevenson serves as one of our Volunteer Specialists for Community Hospice. Her positive attitude and dedication to the mission of Community Hospice is an inspiration. Thank you for all your hard work, Kathy!

The Modesto Bee’s Top 20 under 40 for 2017

August 10, 2017

Our very own Kristin Mostowski has been named one of The Modesto Bee’s Top 20 under 40 for 2017! Kristin serves as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Community Hospice. Kristin’s passion for our mission and her excellent leadership makes her a strong asset to this organization and our community at large. Congratulations, Kristin!