Spring symbolizes new life and new beginnings, and at Hospice of the East Bay we are introducing a fresh look. We have undergone a rebranding process that has resulted in a new logo and an updated website. This is an exciting time at our agency as we are averaging 220 patients on service per day. We continue to grow to meet our community's needs providing the quality care and services that make us the premiere hospice in the area.
Our 300 volunteers are the backbone of our agency, providing essential tasks throughout every department. We honored our volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 10th at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center.
Together, we celebrated over 225 years of volunteer service! That is truly amazing. We are fortunate to have so many volunteers that believe in what we do. Volunteers apply their gifts of time and energy to provide patient support, administrative services, or help us in our five thrift shoppes which generate money to support our programs.
Our board members also volunteer their time and we are lucky to have three new members: Andrea Coleman, Bill Eames and Debora Masiel. We appreciate the time and talent they give to Hospice of the East Bay to ensure that we fulfill our mission in the best way possible. Other volunteers, such as the Friends of Hospice Rossmoor, have been successful at raising funds for patient care and have organized two significant events to support us this year—the Rossmoor Friends of Hospice Walk on May 5, and the Art and Wine Festival at the Creekside Cafe on October 11. We hope that you will have the opportunity to join us in October.
Our annual Tree of Lights ceremonies were especially well-attended in 2013, with many of you dedicating lights to loved ones. These ceremonies support the grieving process as we come together during the holiday season to remember those we have lost.
Part of being a community-based organization means offering services that go beyond medical hospice care. The Bridge, our bereavement program for children and teens, was launched in 2012 and has since experienced a 100% increase in participants. We are honored to provide this needed support and education for the younger generations in our community.
We also launched a Palliative Care Pilot Program thanks to a grant from the Thomas J. Long Foundation. This program has been successful in managing pain and symptoms, examining and discussing goals of care, and increasing quality of life for twelve patients in the past four months. We are continuing to expand this program.
In 2013, we spent $128,000 in Charity Care on patients that had no insurance or ability to pay. I am proud to belong to an agency that provides hospice care to all of our community members. Thanks to your generosity we are able to do so. We are delighted that you continue to support Hospice of the East Bay. Your gift, no matter what size, makes a difference!
"How people die remains in the memory of those who live on."
~ Dame Cicely Saunders