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.
Hospice East Bay is a leading participant in the Non-Profit Northern California Hospice Coalition. As we continue to see new for-profit hospice programs opening in our area, we are working together to assure the sustainability of community-based hospice care through sharing ideas, resources and staff skills between participating non-profit hospice agencies.
In April Rebecca Shambaugh, Sarah Mackle, Susan Levitt and I attended NHPCO’s annual Advocacy Day event in Washington DC. We received training on how to advocate effectively for our patients and caregivers, and then met with legislators. Our message was well-received and our legislators understand the importance of hospice and palliative care.
Our thrift shoppes continue to have very successful sales for jewelry, staycation items, and much more thanks to the amazing creativity of our thrift shoppe staff and volunteers. Our three day jewelry sale in June was the most successful sale in our history. Be sure to visit our website to signup for upcoming sales alerts.Also, please stop by and see our newly expanded Danville shoppe or any of our other five shoppes. We always welcome your donations of gently used items.
We recently received distributions from the estates of three Legacy Society members who chose Hospice East Bay because of the compassionate and professional care that we provide for the community. A committee of dedicated volunteers is already busy planning next year’s gala which is themed Sparkles & Spurs—get your glam cowboy boots ready! As always, we are grateful to our community supporters for their ongoing efforts on our behalf.
Our annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner was held on April 19th which honored over 200 volunteers for their amazing contributions to Hospice East Bay. At the event, Kay Aaker received the honor of being our longest serving volunteer for her thirty-five years of service. Thank you Kay!
This year’s Evening of Remembrance was held in May. This is a very special event to remember all those we’ve served over the past year and to reconnect with family members and caregivers of our former patients. Our creative bereavement staff continues to identify unmet needs and create programs to meet them. Our Hiking Thru Grief program is the creation of Suzi Spangenberg and has served 200 young adults through monthly hikes throughout the SF Bay Area. Pam Fenenbock is developing another new program called Next Steps which will focus on those who have completed our bereavement programs and want to participate in activities that build a social support network.