Hospice East Bay Stories

  • Preparation Protected Our Patients & Staff

    by Brianna Halstied, Media Coordinator

    With the nation dealing with a global pandemic, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) has become scarce in many parts of the country. Some health facilities have found it difficult to keep an ...

  • A Day in the Life of a Music Therapist

    Please join me as we travel through a day in the life of a hospice music therapist.

    Our first visit of the day is with a patient living at home. For over 30 years, this individual and her child performed together on dueling pianos. They held a high caliber ...

  • Veteran Volunteers - Interview with Bob Ellis

    On February 18, 2019, Hospice East Bay Volunteer Bob Ellis was interviewed by Stephen Burchik for the CCC-TV program "Veterans' Voices." This is an edited transcript of that interview.

    Tell us about your military service.

    I ...

  • An Expression of Gratitude

    In February of 2019, the wife of one of our patients addressed the staff at Hospice East Bay to express her gratitude for the care we provided to her husband of over 60 years. This is what she said that day:

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  • Bridge Family Night

    Hospice East Bay’s Bridge program supports children and teens through art, play, talk and peer support. At the end of each year, we invite all the parents, guardians, children, and volunteers from the Bridge to gather for group activities, to acknowledge the ...

  • Giving Tree Delivers Cheer at the Holidays

    It was another successful year for Hospice East Bay’s Giving Tree project! At the holidays, the Giving Tree project amplifies the kindness that Hospice East Bay staff and volunteers spread every day in patient homes and facilities. During the month of November, our ...

  • Hiking Through Grief

    Hospice East Bay has begun a new grief support group for millenial adults that features hiking through the Bay Area’s many beautiful parks.

    Young adults face unique stressors. According to the American Psychological Association, adults aged 18-30 are ...

  • Cindy Hatton, President & CEO

    Note from the CEO, Summer 2018

    We are very pleased to welcome Marlo Johnston as our new Vice President of Human Resources, and Dr. Russ Granich, our new Chief Medical Officer. We are excited about the new energy and ideas they will bring to Hospice East Bay. Meshia Darling, Nurse Practitioner, ...

  • Hospice Poet Wins National Contest

    Our own Spiritual Care Counselor, Bette Birnbaum, submitted the following poem to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization creative arts contest and won! We are so proud and honored that’s she’s part of our ...

  • Whatever Will Be, Will Be

    By Bess Chosak, Hospice East Bay Volunteer

    My first glimpse of my newly assigned patient was of a small bundle of a lady—a crown of snow white hair peeking out from a soft grey blanket wrapped around her as she snuggled into a corner of her sofa. I ...

  • People walking their dogs

    Foundation News, Fall 2016

    As a community-based hospice, we rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are fortunate to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and ...

  • Volunteers receiving awards

    An Evening of Very Special Stories

    Forty volunteers were honored with awards for their 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of hospice service at our agency’s annual appreciation gathering in April 2016.

    Over 250 attendees gathered to enjoy wine, a delicious dinner and a program highlighting all Hospice ...

  • Win Haagensen

    How the Tree of Lights Started

    This year, we would like to share our gratitude for Winifred Louise Varco Haagensen, known to friends as “Win.” In 1986, Hospice East Bay (then called Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa County) cared for Win’s husband, Ed Haagensen. She was so grateful for ...

  • Green Leaf Closeup

    The Catalyst

    In biology class, we learn how plants grow. A green plant uses sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into sugars that the plant uses as energy. We call this process photosynthesis, and it doesn’t happen without help. It needs a catalyst, something that helps to ...

  • CHAP Logo

    CHAP Impressed with Quality of Care

    Here at Hospice East Bay we utilize national and state benchmarks to measure our patient and family satisfaction. The Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), a federally-approved independent organization monitors our quality of care and outcomes. CHAP ...

  • Cindy Hatton, President & CEO

    Note from the CEO, Fall 2016

    November is a time when families gather to celebrate and reflect upon what they are thankful for; it is also National Hospice Month.

    At Hospice East Bay, we reflect on how thankful we are for the patients and families we are honored to serve, our ...

  • Thomas J. Long Foundation

    Long Foundation Funds New Programs

    Hospice East Bay is excited to announce a 3-year grant from the Thomas J. Long Foundation enabling us to fund projects that benefit caregivers, patients, and regional non-profit hospice agencies.

    Respite for caregiving family members provides a much-needed, ...

  • Bereavement Volunteers

    Bereavement Volunteers are an Inspiration

    Our Bereavement Department is committed to providing bereavement services, not only to the families of our patients but to our entire community. We offer traditional group & individual counseling as well as innovative programs for children, teens and adults ...

  • Thrift Shoppes Partner with Local Groups

    Hospice East Bay is fortunate to partner with six organizations that assist adults with disabilities to gain life and work skills. Every week participants from ARC Inroads, George Miller Center, On Track, RES for Success, Toolworks and Futures Explored volunteer at ...

  • Hospice in the Community, Spring 2016

    As a community-based hospice, we rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are blessed to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and ...

  • Notes from the CEO, Spring 2016

    Yes, 2015 was another successful year for the organization, and we look forward to an even stronger 2016! We continue to be known for the top quality hospice and palliative care we provide.

    Our 2015 Celebration of Care honored long-time volunteer and ...

  • A History of Dedication

    Hospice East Bay is fortunate to have numerous community groups that believe in our mission and are passionate about raising funds on our behalf. One such group is the Friends of Hospice Rossmoor, led by the dynamic Trish Dickson. Every year, her organization is ...

  • Art & Wine the Rossmoor Way

    Residents returned to the Event Center in a festive mood for the Second Annual Art & Wine gathering on October 5th. Attendees enjoyed the eclectic collection of art, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, hand-painted silk scarves, while sampling an ...

  • John’s Compassion Earns Gratitude

    We’d like to share a letter from one of our patient family members which we recently received.

    Dear Hospice East Bay,

    We would like to take the time to formally express our gratitude for John Marksbury, RN, who cared for our father, ...

  • Foundation News, Fall 2015

    As a community-based hospice we rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are blessed to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and ...

  • Autumn Tree

    Note from the CEO, Fall 2015

    November is not only National Hospice Month, but also the month we reflect on things we are thankful for. As a not-for-profit, we rely on the generosity of our donors and volunteers. We are fortunate to have many community groups that give their time and share ...

  • Kaune Family

    Celebration of Care Transports Guests

    Over 250 attendees celebrated “A Night in Paris” on Saturday, May 16 at the Diablo Country Club, and helped to raise $180,000 in net proceeds for Hospice East Bay’s programs and services.

    The Parisian-themed evening at Diablo Country Club included French ...

  • Mary Lou and Pat Baratta

    Two Special Volunteers Honored

    On a warm evening in April, hundreds of individuals gathered for the Appreciation Dinner in tribute to our volunteers who contributed over 45,000 hours in 2014 for Hospice East Bay. These hours were generously provided to our Thrift Shoppes, Tree of Lights and ...

  • Bags of Cookies for Caregivers

    Foundation News, Spring 2015

    As a community-based hospice we rely on the generosity of our donors to provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are blessed to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and sponsorships ...

  • Spring Tree

    Note from the CEO, Spring 2015

    Spring symbolizes new beginnings and here at Hospice of the East Bay we are experiencing a fresh look. Our Pleasant Hill office is under construction as we make room for our growing staff needs. We have remodeled the old warehouse in the back of the building with ...