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3888 Pacific Avenue • Stockton, California 95204-1953 • 24-hr. main-line: (209) 957-3888 • fax: (209) 957-3986 3888 Pacific Avenue Stockton, California 95204-1953 Hospice of San Joaquin Celebrates Board of Directors Officers: Edward G. Schroeder, President; President & CEO, O ‘ Connor Woods G a y l e R i l e y, R N , Vice President; Nurse, Healthcare Administrator Chris Mccaffrey, Treasurer; Vice President-Morgan Stanley Chris Olin, Secretary; Community Volunteer H NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S.POSTAGE PAID Permit Nº557 Stockton, CA Our Mission The mission of Hospice of San Joaquin, a notfor-profit organization, is to provide comprehensive medical and compassionate 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-oflife care. ospice of San Joaquin invites the community to celebrate 30-years of hospice services in San Joaquin County. “The agency was established by our local leaders and it continues to be the local provider and leader in hospice services.” affirmed Stephen Guasco, Executive Director, Hospice of San Joaquin. Recognition of the 30th Anniversary serves as a means of educating communities across San Joaquin County about choices in care available when cure is no longer an option. Most importantly the anniversary recognizes the very special care that Hospice of San Joaquin’s professionals and volunteers offer to the local communities who are coping with life’s most challenging transitions. “We encourage everyone to celebrate life by learning about the benefits of hospice care and how these benefits affirm life when cure is not an option,” recommended Guasco. The three decades of Hospice of San Joaquin’s history mirrors the National development of hospice services. In late 1979, when San Joaquin County’s community initiated conversations on the development of Hospice of San Joaquin, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) initiated demonstration programs at 26 hospices across the country to assess the cost effectiveness of hospice care and to help determine what a hospice is and what it should provide. Today, Hospice of San Joaquin is considered one of the models for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to care, providing expert medical care, pain management, and symptom control, as well as emotional, psychological, and spiritual support. The patient and family are considered one unit of care. “National and International groups utilize Hospice of San Joaquin quality indicators as the benchmark against which their organizations’ quality is measured,” explained Guasco. During the 30th Anniversary, Hospice of San Joaquin suggests we all consider end of life simply because death is a part of life. “Everyone should develop a plan of care in case of serious illness,” noted Audrey Wuerl, RN, Education Coordinator. “Most importantly we encourage everyone to have conversations with their families and their physician about what quality of life means to them, and what care they wish to receive when faced with life-limiting illness.” Hospice care focuses on quality of life when cure is no longer an option; in most cases care is provided in the person’s home. Through practical day-to-day support from the team, the person can live comfortably and enjoy being at home with family and friends. Hospice care may also be provided in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, as well as Hospice of San Joaquin’s Hospice House. Services are available to persons of any age, religion, race, or terminal illness; and are covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations. (above) Barbara Tognoli, former Executive Director dedicates the 4th Hospice of San Joaquin location in 1995 on Hammer Lane and Lorraine Street, Stockton, CA. Hospice House the only campus offering a home for hospice patients in San Joaquin, is located at the present Hospice of San Joaquin’s location on Pacific Avenue in Stockton. A nonprofit agency serving the community since 1980 Hospice 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. For more information or referral, call (209) 9573888. Quality You Can Trust Joint Commission Accredited Transitions: A New Community Service Program W hen you or someone you love has advancing chronic or life limiting illness, your life is affected in countless ways; daily routines may be changed, caregiving responsibilities taxing and medical information confusing. Transitions cares, and is there to help when you need it most…. Transitions is a community service program whose main goal is to help individuals and their families cope with the problems that accompany life limiting or advancing chronic illness. It is designed to improve participant and families’ quality of life through palliative disease education, emotional support- encouragement and community resource information as needed. Education and support is provided via telephone communication or occasional visits to individuals in their homes or facilities. No hands on medical care is provided. Palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization “is an approach to care that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life limiting illness through the prevention and relief of suffering…” Pam Byrne, Ph.D., RN, Transitions Program Coordinator reports expert staff can help participants and their families by providing; 1. Palliative disease education helps participants understand the disease process throughout all phases of illness or decline. 2. Symptom relief solutions which facilitate comfort, control and choice. 3. Assistance with the development of a realistic effective health plan and care options at each stage of disease processencourages successful decision making. 4. Emotional support or encouragement helps to decrease stress; minimize fears or feeling of aloneness; and increases coping and peace of mind. 5. Community resource information to assist with financial or practical home care concerns as needed. Transitions Program is sponsored by Hospice of San Joaquin funded through gifts and donations and is free of charge to participants. Who qualifies for Transitions? • Residents of San Joaquin County and neighboring communities • Individuals diagnosed with advancing chronic or life limiting illness. • Individuals who are pursuing curative or palliative care • Individuals who are not ready for hospice care • Individuals who are at least 18 years of age. How to enroll in Transitions? A referral may be initiated by individuals, care givers, medical personnel or a facility. Physician and participant approval is required. Members: Diane Park; Fund D e v e l o p m e n t Consultant Gary Giannini; Principal at Schwartz Giannini Jack Gilliland, MD Retired Jacqueline Bagatta, RN; Deputy Director – San Joaquin General Hospital Margo Kozina; Teacher, St. Mary‘ s High School Peter G. Gormsen, C.P.A.; Degreogori, Gormsen, Ringer, Inc. P h y l l i s B e r g e r, E s q . ; Professor, Humphreys College School Of Law Scott Beattie; Partner/ Lawyer At Calone Law Group Steve Larson; Grants Officer Port Of Stockton Stephen Guasco; Executive Director and Member of the Board Support Personnel Robert T. Browne, M.D.; Medical Director James Saffier, M.D.; Staff Physician Mobin Ghavami, M.D.; Staff Physician Gail E. Wigley , RN; Director, Clinical Services Jo Paganini, MSW; Director, Social Services Becky Burnett, RN; Hospice House Manager Pam Byrne, Ph.D., RN; Transitions Program Coordinator Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN; Education Coordinator Steve Parsons; Director Operations / Finance Patty A. Rieber; Human Resource Manager Leo Ronquillo; Information Systems Manager Gene Acevedo, MBA; Director, Community Outreach and Public Relations Barbara A. Pombo, MBA; Director, Development Carolyn Gomes; Annual Gifts & Events Coordinator Carrie Lane, M. DIV.; B e r e a v e m e n t Coordinator Becky Freeman; Volunteer Coordinator Jim R. Russow, M. DIV., D MIN.; Chaplain

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