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 support given and received during the year, and to come together in our collective grief. These are the photos from the evening.

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Cindy Hatton, President & CEO

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, has joined our staff and is the newest member of our Palliative Care group.

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People walking their dogs

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 sponsorships.

Rossmoor Art & Wine

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Volunteers receiving awards

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 East Bay volunteers for their invaluable service in many varied capacities.

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CHAP Logo

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 reviews clinical records, operational processes and most importantly, accompanies Hospice East Bay staff on patient visits.

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Cindy Hatton, President & CEO

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 compassionate staff and dedicated volunteers, our creative shoppe staff and our amazing donors that allow us to truly serve our community.

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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 all five Hospice Thrift Shoppes. The work of over 135 participants and staff from these organizations contributes to the overall success of our shoppes. We are grateful for the collaboration and look forward to many more years of partnership.

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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 sponsorships.

SLO Golf Tournament

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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 philanthropist Pauline Kaune at the Diablo Country Club on May 16th. The event raised over $200,000, making it our most successful gala ever. Also, our five Thrift Shoppes increased their operating income by twenty-seven percent this year!

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Kaune Family

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 music, can-can dancers, silent and live auction items, and cuisine paired with wine provided by the acclaimed Reynolds Family Winery. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Trish Dickson, and Pauline Kaune of Orinda was honored with the 2015 Sue Bruns Award for Philanthropy for her many years of dedicated service to Hospice East Bay.

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One of our Bridge families at an Open House.

Due to a phenomenal year of growth, our Bridge Program is moving to a new location. The Bridge, Hospice of the East Bay’s bereavement support program for children and teens, was launched in 2012. Since then, attendance has more than doubled.

There are many reasons for this dramatic growth. One is that most local providers of grief support do not have programs specific to children or teens, and they are referring their clients to us in increasing numbers. Another is the fact that the Bridge is offered consistently throughout the school year, making it more accessible for parents.

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