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 their talents with us. One such group, Friends of Hospice Rossmoor, organized their second successful Rossmoor Art & Wine event in early October.
Our largest fundraising event, the Celebration of Care, was on May 16th at the Diablo Country Club. Guests enjoyed “A Night in Paris” and helped raise over $180,000 for Hospice East Bay’s programs and services.
Our 29th Annual Tree of Lights events will begin in November. They will celebrate and memorialize our loved ones in 11 cities across the communities we serve. The schedule and information on how to purchase a light or become a sponsor can be found in the center of this newsletter or at our website, www.hospiceeastbay.org. I hope you will be able to join us!
In August, we honored 25 loved ones at the Bruns House Brick and Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony. Over 115 guests attended the ceremony that was held in the Bruns garden.
Our patient census continues to grow and we are hiring additional skilled staff to meet the needs of our community. Our dedicated staff continue to focus on providing support and meeting the needs of our patients and families.
On October 7th, the governor signed the End-of-Life Option Act that allows patients to request aid-in-dying medications. The bill requires physicians to discuss end-of-life options such as hospice and palliative care with these patients. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for us to educate the public regarding hospice and palliative care services. We have created a task force to develop our policies and procedures around this legislation and will begin educating physicians and the community soon.