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Awareness HOSPICE January 2012 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204-1953 • 24-hour main-line: (209) 957-3888 • 3888 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95204-1953 Remember Your Loved Ones Tree of Lights 2011 G NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit N 557 Stock ton, CA Our Mission The Mission of Hospice of San Joaquin, a not-for-profit organization, is to provide comprehensive and compassionate medical care, counseling and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay, and to educate and collaborate with health care providers and the public in promoting quality end-of-life care. A nonprofit agency serving the community since 1980 Hospice of San Joaquin is governed by a community Board of Directors and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. Hospice of San Joaquin is licensed by the State of California as a Hospice Agency and is certified by the Centers for MediCare and MediCal Services to provide the Hospice Medicare / Medi-Cal Benefit. The Joint Commission has accredited Hospice of San Joaquin. Diane Park Secretary Community Member Members: (Top) Mark Lisa, Chief Executive Officer, Doctors Hospital of Manteca welcomes local community members to the 2011 Tree of Lights Ceremony (Left) the family of the late Cheryl Kirsch turned the switch for the Manteca Tree of Lights. Present were Husband Robert Kirsch; daughter Bonnie Kirsch; and grandchildren Alexyss, Hannah, and Nicholas Joi n i ng t he Ma nteca and Galt com mu nities were Stockton, Lockeford/ Clements, Lodi, Tracy, and Rio Vista. “Tree of Lights has become a tradition in San Joaquin; we appreciate the support of our partners who take time out of their schedules For more information or referrals, call (209) 957-3888 Joint Comission Accredited to ensure that the Tree’s are set-up and work properly during the whole season,” Barbara Pombo, Development Director thanking everyone who made the 2011 Tree of Lights a success. “On behalf of Hospice of San Joaquin’s Board, p r of e s s i o n a l s t a f f a n d volu nteers, we dedicate the January newsletter to everyone who participated in Tree of Lights and we encourage everyone to carry the light of their loved ones through the upcoming year,” added Guasco. Carrie Lane earns Thanatology Certificate from the National Association of Death Education and Counseling Carrie Lane, M. Div., C.T. Manager of the Bereavement Department services beyond the agency’s case load by supporting all families who have experienced a loss of a loved one. “On average more than 65 percent of the community members we assist are persons outside our hospice services,” explained Carrie Lane. Carrie Lane is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, and has worked at Hospice of San Joaquin since 2005. She earned a Masters in Divinity f rom the San Francisco T heolog ical Sem i na r y and she is certified by the Professional Program in the Study of Loss and Grief from the University of California Berkeley Extension. “I truly believe I have the best job at Hospice of San Joaquin because I get to offer hope and healing to those who are hurting,” added Lane. “I consider it a privilege, as well as a responsibility, to walk the journey of grief, even if just for one conversation, with someone who has lost a loved one.” For more information about Hospice of San Joaquin’s bereavement services, you may reach Carrie Lane at (209) 9573888. Scott Beattie, Esq. Partner/Lawyer Calone Law Group Rev. David Bennett United Methodist Church Evia Briggs Moore, Ed.D. Retired College Admin. Gary Giannini Principal Schwartz Giannini Jack Gilliland, MD Retired Margo Kozina Teacher St. Mary’s High School Steve Larson Grants Officer Port of Stockton Lou Meyer Retired EMS Executive Chris Olin Community Volunteer Kelly Stump, RN, MSN Palliative Care Serv. Coord. Lodi Memorial Leandro Vicuña, J.D. VP, Sr. Trust & Investment Officer Community Bank of SJ Stephen Guasco Executive Director Hospice of San Joaquin Professional Staff: Robert T. Browne, MD Medical Director Emeritus James Saffier, MD On-Site Medical Director Mobin Ghavami, MD Staff Physician Steve Parsons, CPA Dir. of Finance/Operations Rebecca Burnett, RN, BSN, CHPN Dir. of Clinical Services Barbara Pombo, MBA Dir. of Development Barbara Richards o l u n t e e r s , s t a f f , for the newly organized V fundraising committee Hospice of San Joaquin in members, and members of the the early 1980’s and she PRSRT STD U.S Postage PAID Stockton, CA Permit Nº 385 remained a constant friend of the agency. In conversation with Barbara during fall of 2008, she said, “I attend all the events. I remember the names of the people who were first involved (and those who came later).” Barbara remembered that “Karen [Hanson] Quinn recruited me. . . we started in a storeroom at the Medical Society Office with a folding table and phone.” Barbara Richards, originally from Massachuset ts, ca me to Stockton in 1964 following her beginnings as a Social Worker in Washington State which followed in northern Nevada. In Nevada she met Jaqueline Bagatta, RN Deputy Director SJ General Hospital Jo E. Paganini, MSW Dir. of Social Services Hospice of San Joaquin will always remeber Board of Directors at Hospice of San Joaquin as well as the many families who have received hospice care over more than 30 years were touched by Barbara Richards. Her ‘touch’ influenced the for mation of the agency during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and continued into her latter years with uninterrupted support. Barbara Richards passed away peacefully, with longtime friends gathered at her bedside, in our Hospice House one day after she celebrated her 88th birthday. Barbara Richards was a thoughtful and courageous soul. Barbara served on the very first Board of Directors Edward G. Schroeder Board President President & CEO O’Connor Woods Chris McCaffrey Treasurer Vice-President Morgan Stanley C arrie Lane, Manager of the Bereavement Department at Hospice of San Joaquin has been certified in Thanatology from the National Association for Death Education and Counseling. Her certification highlights her specialized education and training on death, dying and bereavement. “We are proud of Carrie L a n e’s a c h i e v e m e n t . She is ensuring that our bereavement department reaches a higher standard to support our community’s families as it relates to grief and bereavement,” said Stephen Guasco, Executive Director. Hospice of San Joaquin extends its bereavement Officers: Gayle Riley, R.N. Vice President Nurse, Healthcare Administrator “ ood Bye Grandma… We will always love you,” the soft voice of seven year old Hannah echoed as a quiet audience listened to her brief remarks at the Manteca Tree of Lights. Hanna assisted her family in lighting the Tree located in the corner of East North Street and Cottage Avenue at Doctors Hospital of Manteca: a Tenet California Hospital. The emotional farewell and unconditional love of Hannah for her grandmother was felt across San Joaquin County, and neighboring communities, as more than 3,200 families dedicated 7,600 lights at the seven Tree of Lights locations. “We are grateful that the community joins Hospice of San Joaquin during the Holidays,” noted Stephen Guasco, Executive Director. “… and most importantly we are proud of being able to support families as they close one chapter of their lives and bridge them to a new beginning.” 2011 marked the 23rd annual Tree of Lights, and this year the City of Galt joined the lighting ceremonies with their community tree at City Hall. “We are excited to partner with Hospice of San Joaquin with a Tree of Lights in our community,” highlighted Barbara Payne, Mayor of Galt Board of Directors Gene Acevedo, MBA Dir. of Comm. Outreach Pam Byrne, Ph.D, RN Transitions Prog. Mngr. Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN, CHPN , Education Coord. Carolyn Gomes Events Coordinator Cheryl Berglund, RN Hospice House Mngr Becky Freeman Volunteer Manager Barbara Richards 12/12/1923 – 12/13/2011 and worked with Marianne Ca rlson with whom she became good friends. Upon the closure of the off ice they worked for in Reno, both women landed jobs in Stock ton – Mar ian ne with San Joaquin County’s Mental Health and Barbara as Director of Social Services Carrie M. Lane, M.Div., CT Bereavement Manager at Sa n Joaqui n General Hospital. Both of them shared a love of animals; anyone conversing with Barbara soon learned of the number of dogs that both of them rescued and sheltered for Continues on Pg 4 Patty A. Rieber Human Resource Mngr Leo Ronquillo Information Systems Mngr Jim R. Russow, M.Div/ D Min., Chaplain Ulmer Photo (Tim Ulmer) Volunteer Photographer

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