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Embracing the the Community Community Embracing Our Mission The mission of Hospice of San Joaquin, a not-for-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-of-life care. A nonprofit agency serving the community since 1982 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 Medi-Cal and Medicaid Services to provide the Hospice Medicare/ Medi-Cal Benefit. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health care Agencies (JCAHO) has accredited Hospice of San Joaquin, most recently in April 2008. For more information or referral, call (209) 957-3888.

Caring for the community… an interesting phrase; but, what does it mean in terms of Hospice of San Joaquin? From a Social Worker perspective, it summarizes that which we do on a daily basis. Yes, we spend a great amount of time working with patients and their families as related to hospice care; but, we also find that our focus strengthens the community at large. Each day we receive an array of phone calls from community members looking for assistance of some type. Many calls are not related to hospice care; however, they were directed to call us because Hospice of San Joaquin has become well known for being a bridge between the family’s needs and services offered by other community agencies. For instance last week, we had a call from a saddened daughter, following her mother’s illness, as her anxiety levels were above normal. At the time of her call the mother’s prognosis was not ready for hospice care and the daughter’s need for information of the right program built anxiety. Our Social Worker was able to listen to her concerns, understand the type of help she needed and directed her to the appropriate agency. Other cases are not as simple


as a referral. When death occurs to a loved one, coping with the grief is difficult. Family members encounter a new chapter in t h e i r lives

that they are not alone in their journey. Support groups are invaluable in assisting the attendees to re-engage with life following the loss of a l o v e d one.

and in m a n y cases turning the page is difficult. The Bereavement programs offered through Hospice of San Joaquin are open to the entire community. This program offers individuals the opportunity to meet with others encountering similar grief, receive support, and understand

Our care program has always included the community. Hospice of San Joaquin’s vision extends beyond the quality of the patient’s care we provide. We care for the family, friends and coworkers; collectively, we support the community over all in their most difficult journeys.

Whether it is a gathering at the work place, or school for a young adult, to share the grief related to the loss of a beloved friend or co-worker; or, meeting with a small group of family and friends to express the pain that comes with the tragic death of a child, our programs reach out to everyone making it easier to cope with the transitions of life. Our team, including clinical staff, social workers, Chaplains, volunteer coordinator, and volunteers form an interdisciplinary team. The principle belief in “living life each day” is always visible around the team meetings. Patients and their families are encouraged to remain connected with life and their community. In the meetings practitioners share when community members have celebrated a 95th birthday or been able to attend a 40th high school reunion. The concept, “it takes a village to raise a child,” is equally true for the wellness of the community. We are all in this life together and we need to provide care, support, and help one another. Hospice of San Joaquin’s care embraces the best of life and the whole of the community. Social Services Department Hospice of San Joaquin

Hospice of San Joaquin 3888 Pacific Avenue Stockton, California 95204-1953

HOSPICE OF SAN JOAQUIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS INSTALLS OFFICERS, WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS Hospice of San Joaquin’s Annual Dinner, this year held on July 17th at the Stockton Country Club, is the occasion of retiring Board members and welcoming new members, thanking current leaders and installing the new officers. Nicholas Aninag, 2007-08 President will hand the gavel over to Mark Wallace and his new slate of officers, Edward Schroeder, Vice President, Chris Olin, Secretary, and Gayle Riley, RN, Treasurer. Mr. Aninag will continue to serve as Immediate Past-Presi-

clude William Trezza, Bank of Agriculture and Commerce; Stephen Guasco, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; Karen KnightFrank, R.N., San Joaquin General Hospital; Harry Olson, retired administrator/community member. They will be honored for their service to the agency; most will continue to serve on Hospice Committees. Mark Wallace, 2008-09 Board of Directors President

dent and Chairman of the Development Committee. Retiring Board members in-

NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS are Jacqueline (Jackie) Bagatta, R.N., M.S.N., Deputy Director, San Joaquin General Hospital; Lynne Davis, Davis & Associ-

ates Insurance Brokers; Patricia (Patsy) Erardi, Community Volunteer; Gary Giannini, Principal, Schwartz, Giannini, Lantsberger & Adamson, CPA’s; Chris McCaffrey, Vice President, Morgan Stanley. Members are each elected to three (3) year terms and are eligible for two consecutive terms. Pete Gormsen, CPA, DeGregori, Gormsen, Ringer,LLP; Phyllis Berger, Esq., Humphreys College and Mark Wallace, Human Resources Director, Lodi Memorial Hospital, were re-elected for a second term.

Hospice of San Joaquin earns the Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission




Permit Nº557 Stockton, CA

n May 22, 2008, Hos pice of San Joaquin was surveyed for compliance with the National Patient Standards and Safety Goals receiving once again the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission. The purpose of the survey is found in the Joint Commission’s slogan: Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients. The Joint Commission — an independent organization— is the national leader in evaluating the quality and safety of care delivered in over 15,000 hospitals and health care organizations across the country. The Seal of Approval follows an assessment

of the most rigorous standards in the industry evaluating the agency’s commitment and readiness to provide the highest level of quality care to terminally ill patients. The Accreditation process is a voluntary on-site evaluation, occurring every three years, or less, at the discretion of the Joint Commission. The survey utilizes the ‘most stringent standards of patient care’ to aid the agency in continuous quality improvement. The surveyor arrives without notice, another tool to measure the quality and consistency of the agency’s standards and practice. “The Joint Commission’s Accreditation provides our Team with an objective review, measuring Hospice of San Joaquin’s goal to provide County residents with the very best in medical and

compassionate hospice care,” stated Barbara Tognoli, Executive Director. Patients and family members in San Joaquin County have the benefit of an Interdisciplinary Care Team available to provide quality hospice care when treatments are exhausted. For nearly 27 years Hospice of San Joaquin has specialized in delivering comprehensive and compassionate care, including medical, social, spiritual and emotional support for patients, family and caregivers. Hospice of San Joaquin encourages the community to do a quality check

by accessing The Joint Commission’s web site To learn more about Hospice of San Joaquin visit or call (209) 957-3888.

Board of Directors Officers: Mark Wallace, President Director of Human Resources, Lodi Memorial Hospital Edward Schroeder, Vice President President & CEO, O’Connor Woods Chris Olin, Secretary Community Volunteer Gayle Riley, R.N. Treasurer Nurse, Healthcare Administrator, Retired Members: Nicholas Aninag Vice President, Bank of Stockton Jacqueline Bagatta, R.N., M.S.N. Deputy Director, San Joaquin General Hospital Phyllis Berger, Esq. Humphreys Law School Professor Joseph Curtis Agency Owner, Allstate Insurance, Curtis Insurance Agency Lynne Davis Davis & Associates Insurance Brokers Daniel Dixon CFO, Mariani's Men's & Boy's Patricia Erardi Community Volunteer Richard Ghio, CPA Instructor, San Joaquin Delta College Gary Giannini Principal, Schwartz, Giannini, Lantsberger & Adamson, CPA’s Pete Gormsen, CPA, DeGregori, Gormsen, Ringer, LLP Deitra Kenoly Advertiser Director, The Record Jim Linderman St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center, Support & Education Coordinator Chris McCaffrey Vice President, Morgan Stanley Diane Park Fund Development Consultant Danae Sharp, R.N. Nursing Supervisor, Dameron Hospital Diane Vigil Executive Director, P.R. Director, Dameron Foundation Barbara A. Tognoli Executive Director and Member of the Board

Support Personnel Robert T. Browne, M.D. Medical Director Gail E. Wigley, RN Director, Clinical Services Jo E. Paganini, MSW Director, Social Services Steve Parsons Director, Operations / Finance Barbara A. Pombo Director, Development Gene Acevedo Director, Community Outreach and Public Relations Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN Education Coordinator Julie A. Lofy Volunteer Coordinator Carey M. Vanderkar Bereavement Coordinator Jim R. Russow Chaplain Patty A. Rieber Human Resource Manager Leo Ronquillo Information Systems Manager Carolyn Gomes Annual Gifts & Events Planner

Hospice & Palliative Care:

From the Director I didn’t know that I am always amazed at the number of people who say to me, “I didn’t know that.”, after I present information about Hospice of San Joaquin. So when our Community Outreach Coordinator, Gene Acevedo, asked me to write a short column for this Quarter’s Newsletter, I thought I would write down a few of these facts. Many people associate Hospice with a service for the dying. But did you know that, in reality, hospice is a service dedicated to the living? We work to control pain and symptoms of serious illness, giving patients the freedom to remain as active as they choose. We concentrate on helping family caregivers deal with the changing needs of an illness, taking away debilitating fears and giving them the confidence they need. Did you know that our patients typically are not bed bound; many are not even homebound? Did you know that as an independent non-profit agency, Hospice of San Joaquin has provided hospice services in this community for over 26 years? Members of our Board of Directors live and work in this community and volunteer their time and energy to our hospice mission. Our staff members live and raise their families here. They participate in your neighborhood activities, your churches and your schools. Did you know that no patient is denied hospice services because of financial hardship? Hospice of San Joaquin is able to do this because of our intense fundraising efforts and the generous response of the community. Did you know that some of our patients have been in our care for more than two years? It has been shown statistically that patients who receive hospice care live longer than their counterparts. It makes sense. Our patients are not left alone to wait to die. They are cared for as if he or she were the only person in the world. This personal attention makes each day worthy of living. If you are surprised by these facts and would like to know more about Hospice of San Joaquin please don’t hesitate to call. We belong to this community and want this community to know who we are and what we can do for anyone facing a serious illness. Barbara Tognoli, CEO Hospice of San Joaquin

Where’s the common ground? Receiving “The News” A person faced with a new diagnosis that is life-limiting is generally overwhelmed. Everything has changed, and nothing will ever be the same. All of the grief stages can come into play: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and ultimately, acceptance. The person might wonder, Why me? Why now? Can I beat this? The situation can become overwhelming when coupled with confusing medical jargon about palliative care and hospice care. Let’s start by clarifying the care options that are available. Palliative care for life-limiting disease naturally follows curative treatments. Treatments can include chemotherapy, radiation, blood transfusions, dialysis, physical therapy and more. The goal is to achieve the highest quality of life for the patient while trying to control or eradiate the disease process. This is a time for hope and challenge for the patient and family. It is generally only when all treatment options fail or have been exhausted that the physician may suggest comfort care, which is also known as hospice care.

Similarities & Differences

Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary proudly presents our 7th Annual

Hospice care and palliative care both provide compassionate care for patients facing lifethreatening illnesses. Both share a team-oriented approach to medical care: pain management,

symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support that are patient-specific. Both share a common core belief as well: that every patient deserves the very best care possible, and that each of us has the right to die with dignity and respect, pain-free. In fact, the word palliate refers to giving comfort (but not cure). The differences between the two disciplines are subtle. While all hospice Audrey Wuerl care is palliaRN, BSN tive or comEducation fort care, not Coordinator all palliative care is considered hospice care. Confused? Let’s look at it another way. The focus of hospice is on caring, when curing is no longer an option. To be eligible for hospice care, two physicians (the primary physician and the hospice physician) must certify the patient’s prognosis to be six months or less, should the disease run its natural course. The hospice philosophy embraces death as a natural part of life, and encourages a patient’s desire for dignity, respect, and autonomy over his or her own care. Aggressive symptom management and pain control support this philosophy. Most hospice care is provided in the patient’s own home. Some care is also provided in nursing homes, residential care facilities and hospice facilities. Services are provided regardless

of religion, race, age or illness. The patient care goals are centered on quality of life as opposed to quantity of life. Hospice care is covered under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care plans. All charges related to the terminal diagnosis, such as medications, durable medical equipment (e.g., a hospital bed), and nursing and supportive services, are paid by the benefit. Hospice care, therefore, is both a philosophy and a method of health care financing for terminally ill patients and families. Palliative care is very similar to hospice care, but with a broader population. It is not time-restricted—indeed, it can last for years—and no specific therapy is excluded if it can improve the patient’s quality of life. Palliative care helps meet the needs of patients and families who are not yet eligible for hospice services as well as those who still want to pursue more aggressive treatments not covered under the hospice reimbursement system. Payment for palliative services is generally paid by the patient’s insurance, Medicare or Medicaid (but not under the hospice benefit). Goals of care focus on improving quality of life and helping support patients and families during and after these treatments. Whereas palliative care is appropriate from terminal diagnosis on, when prognosis is uncertain, hospice care focuses on supporting patients with a life expectancy of months, not years. From that standpoint,

palliative care should naturally follow curative care, and then evolve into hospice care as the disease process progresses.

Looking to the Future The hospice benefit is written for comfort care only, and is intended for patients with terminal illnesses who have exhausted all curative and therapeutic treatments. In that sense, it can be abrupt and frightening, and generally results in very late hospice referrals from physicians. The challenge for hospices is to find a way to transition from one discipline to another. Patients should have a safe place to explore care options while still receiving palliative treatments—without pressure to enroll in the hospice program later on. This is an important step in patient continuity of care, and one that warrants further attention. Currently, hospice and palliative care are separate disciplines. Helping patients and families deal with terminal diagnoses and navigating the various palliative therapies available is the goal of both. Finding a way to blend the two would help alleviate the confusion many patients and families experience and help motivate physicians to discuss end-of-life care options earlier in the disease trajectory. Celebrating Life! “Reprinted with permission from Copyright © 20008 Gilbert Guide, Inc.


children bereavement Saturday, August 16, 2008 • 6 - 9 p.m. Heron Lakes Drive Capture the moonlight ambiance & enjoy a summer’s evening stroll while wine & brew tasting and sampling a large assortment of fine foods. Move & groove to live music. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS SPECTACULAR EVENT! Advance Ticket Price: $50.00 At the Door Ticket Price: $60.00 FOR TICKETS: SEE MARY IN DEVELOPMENT DEPT, EXT. 1239 OR MAIL A CHECK PAYABLE TO: HOSPICE OF SAN JOAQUIN BUTTERFLY AUXILIARY 4719 QUAIL LAKES DR., #G168 STOCKTON, CA 95207 OR CALL: 209-922-0380 Tickets will be mailed to the address on check unless other written instructions accompany the check. Tickets are 50% tax deductible. All proceeds from this event will benefit Hospice of San Joaquin, the first Hospice House in San Joaquin County.

Julie Lofy Volunteer Coordinator

Understanding that children grieve differently than adults, Hospice of San Joaquin developed a special Children’s Grief Day Camp for children kindergarten through sixth grade who have had a loved one die within the last two years. “Camp Caterpillar” provides a safe environment where children will be able to meet others within the same age group whom experience a similar loss. “Camp Caterpillar” helps the children discover that they are not alone in their feelings of grief and their anxiety about the way their lives have changed. The camp provides them with an atmosphere of caring acceptance that acknowledges the individuality of their grief experience and invites them to share their unique story. The children begin their day at the Hospice of San Joaquin Care Center where

Michaela Ramirez (at left), a volunteer who has lost a loved one, conversing with as a big buddy to a younger camper who is also going through bereavement.

they are matched with a “camp buddy”, a child their own age and also a “big buddy”, a Hospice volunteer helps them throughout the day with their group activities, lunch and recreation time. After a few activities to help them get acquainted with their new buddies they load the bus and head to the camp site at the Lincoln Unified School District Brookside

Farmhouse. Here is where the healing begins. Throughout the day the children have many opportunities to share their feelings and tell their story through age appropriate activities; creative arts, recreation, storytelling, music, movement and creative writing. All the while they are having fun, free to be themselves.

Our day of healing ends as parents and guardians return to join their children for the closing ceremony where campers share their days experience, sing their camp song and watch a live butterfly release. Although the day is over their healing process carries on a s the children continue to talk about and remember the special things they did with their loved one and will begin to feel again the happiness they one felt having that special person in their life. Camp Caterpillar is schedule for Saturday, October 4th, 2008 and is offered free of charge to the community which has been made possible due to the dedication of many volunteers and the generous grants from Foresters, United Way and H.C.E. Foundation. Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact the Bereavement Department at Hospice of San Joaquin (209) 957-3888 for information.

Caring for your family —when you need it the most Hospice Awareness is a quarterly newsletter published by Hospice of San Joaquin Located at 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204 * (209) 957-3888. Gene Acevedo, Director of Community Outreach: Editor Barbara Pombo, Director of Development: Co-Editor Hospice Staff: Article Contributions Roberto Radrigán, G. D., GráficaDesign: Design & Layout Comments, questions, sponsorship opportunities or if you wish to be removed from our mailing list, please contact our office at (209) 957-3888


ou probably have seen the Hospice of San Joaquin banner at such community events as the Asparagus Festival and Live! At Lincoln Center. Smiling volunteers connect with the community distributing information and answering questions. Nice People connect with other nice people at enjoyable community events.

But in the 27 years of Hospice of San Joaquin’s service to the c o m m u n i t y, the real connection with people takes Jim Russow place in the Chaplain home or in a care facility where a loved one approaches death… caring Hos-

pice of San Joaquin professionals connecting with caring families. It is during this walking the road toward a peaceful and comfortable death that a bond of companionship is formed between the caring people of Hospice of San Joaquin and the loving family and friends who have provided the tender care of a parent or grandparent, a sibling or friend. Hospice of San Joaquin is grateful for the op-

portunity to partner with families and walk with them through the very worst and witness the very best of love and care for their loved one. Hospice of San Joaquin is committed to serve families from Mountain House to Lockeford, Lodi, to Ripon and even Galt to Rio Vista, the entire San Joaquin County community.

August 16th Event

THE CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH. . . An extra-ordinary wedding gift list

Moonlight Sip & Stroll

And a place in the heart – loved one remembered...


he temperature is warm with a light breeze, the moon light shines, while the soft jazz plays on the back ground and all present are having a pleasant evening with wine and plenty of food. That was the ambiance of last years Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary’s “Moonlight Sip N’ Stroll”; and you can enjoy an equally, or even better, evening this year. Capture the moonlight ambiance and enjoy a summer’s evening stroll while wine and brew tasting and sampling a large assortment of fine food! Move and groove to live music! Strolling through the six-block area, Hospice supporters will sample foods from 60 local restaurants and 50 wineries and breweries. And you will not be alone, a thousand guests will be welcomed as they comfortably walk and visit with friends while being entertained by local musicians. The 7th Annual Moonlight Sip N’ Stroll will be held on Saturday, August 16th, 2008 at Heron Lakes Drive from 6 – 9 p.m. Moonlight Sip N’ Stroll is a fundraiser to benefit Hospice of San Joaquin’s Hospice House, the only residential facility serving terminally ill patients and their

Barbara Pombo, Development Director

Sharon Benninger and Gloria Stange enjoy a wonderful evening surrounded by friends at last year’s Sip-&Stroll at Brookside

families. Tickets are $50 in advance ($60 at the door - limited availability) and are available in person at Hospice of San Joaquin office, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, Monday through Friday (8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or mail check, payable to Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary, 4719 Quail Lakes Drive, #G168, Stockton, CA 95207. Tickets will be mailed to the ad-

s d i K er n r Ko Diane Medina, MSW Social Services

The majority of adults find it extremely difficult to talk to children about death and dying. Mainly we fear saying the wrong thing or possibly being harmful. We want to spare them the pain and shelter them from a natural part of life, death. Let us help you by offering a special place where children can express their grief in a safe place and heal among their peers. We have an ongoing children’s bereavement program called “Kid’s Korner” (a

play on words - “K” for Korner instead of a “C”) for children from first grade (6 years old) to sixth grade (12 years old) that have experienced a death within the last two years. Children do

dress on check unless otherwise noted. The Hospice House offers a unique residential healthcare service in the County: a compassionate, loving environment for those who cannot remain in their own homes in the last stage of life’s journey. Loved ones and friends of patients are warmly welcomed to visit or participate in the care, with provision for a family member to remain, if they wish, with their loved one, day and night. The purpose of the Butterfly Auxiliary is to support Hospice of San Joaquin, to focus on community education and fund

raising for the primary purpose of sustaining the Hospice House. In 2007, one hundred and fiftyeight (158) patients received all or part of their hospice care at the Hospice Home in 2007; throughout the County and adjoining areas, 939 patients were cared for in their homes, nursing homes, and assisted living centers. There are three (3) Chapters of the Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary: Stockton, Lodi and Tracy. For more information on the Moonlight Sip and Stroll or membership contact the Butterfly Auxiliary at 922-0380.

not grieve as adults grieve. They grieve in spurts and express their grief most effectively t h r o u g h hands-on meaningful activities that honor the memory of their loved one. Each child learns that grief is a natural part of healing and about the feelings s/ he is having as a normal part of the process. They learn that they are not alone. At the end of each session the children will take home a project that they have made, in remembrance of their loved one. “Kid’s Korner” is comprised

of four sessions: arts and crafts, journaling, music, and storytelling. “Kid’s Korner” is held at the main office of Hospice of San Joaquin in Stockton right across the street from the University of the Pacific on Pacific Avenue. The sessions occur one Saturday a month from 9:0011:00am and pre-registration is required. “Kid’s Korner” currently runs year round, so if a child misses a session s/ he can attend that session the next go round. It is not necessary that a child attend all four sessions to benefit, but it’s educational, fun, and healing. Due to the generous grants from The Robert G. and Kathryn R. Schwemley Foundation, Ronald Mc Donald House and the Independent Order of Foresters, San Joaquin Branch #567, Hospice of San Joaquin is offering “Kid’s Korner” to the community at no charge. Please call the Bereavement Department at 922-0265 to register.

Michael and Penny (Pimentel) Allen are not your ‘usual’ newly weds. . .and their wedding gift-wish list was not usual either. Michael grew up especially close to his grandparents, Marge and Jim Schobert. This special relationship is rooted in a special closeness of both of Mike’s parents, Pam Schobert Allen and Michael B. Allen, Sr., to the senior Schobert’s. (Michael and Pam were friends from their midteens.) On February 3, 2008, Grandfather James Schobert died in the care of Hospice of San Joaquin, surrounded by his family. Michael and his then fiancée, Penny Pimentel, were in the middle of wedding planning. Penny reflects: “We really had everything we needed; and we wanted to be examples to Michael’s kids, my step-children, of the importance of giving back; and the fact that weddings aren’t about the gifts and ‘stuff’ – it truly is about why the two people are together and the importance of having people in your life for the right reasons. When we shared this with friends and family, they all still wanted to give something to us. Grandpa Jim (Schobert) had just passed away, and as Michael and I were riding in the car, I said ‘what if we just have a box for cards and donate to charity?’ Michael said, ‘yeah, but what?’ Then at the same time we both said ‘Hospice’! I also had hospice care with my Grandmother who passed in 1996. The Portland, Oregon Chapter did a fantastic job for my family at the time in a difficult situation. So, with both of those experiences, it was an easy decision. And that we both thought and said it at the same time, was like icing on the cake!” Mike and Penny were married at Grand Island Mansion on May 17, 2008, surrounded by their friends and family members. It was a sorrow that Grandpa Jim would not witness their marriage. Gifts to Hospice of San Joaquin made in Jim Schobert’s memory was a way of including him. In this way, Mike and Penny shared their wedding day with their parents, Michael and Pam, children, friends Grandma Marge AND Grandpa Jim. . . . Honoring all of life’s journey, this special couple began their life together with an extraordinary celebration and appreciation of life and love. Our best wishes to them in their life together.

Michael and Penny (Pimentel) Allen


Butterfly Auxiliary meetings are open to anyone interested in membership. Stockton Chapter Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month (February November) at 6:00pm at the Hospice of San Joaquin Office. Lodi Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of every month (February November) at 6pm at Vinewood Community Church in Lodi.


Best Practices in Pain Management & End-of-Life Care A SEMINAR FOR PHYSICIANS & HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

September 6, 2008 7:30 am – 3 pm

Hutchins Street Square, Lodi 7 CME/CE units available For more information call 209-339-7520

The Importance of Communication —“Making our Wishes Known” By Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN Education Coordinator Hospice of San Joaquin

Discover the value of communicating end-of-life wishes, before a crisis. ♦ Learn how to communicate your choices for care. ♦ Develop a plan to make those your wishes known. ♦ Help your loved ones to express their wishes. ♦ And More… Thursday, August 7, 2008 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:00 noon presentation

Tracy Chapter. Call for information. For membership information, visit our website at or call 209-922-0380

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Conference Room 1205 E. North Street Manteca, CA RSVP:

800) 470-7229


Hospice of San Joaquin appreciates a job well-done Hospice of San Joaquin appreciates our wonderful nursing team. Nurses providing special care are the core of hospice services delivered at homes and care facilities.


Hospicio de San Joaquin ofrece sus servicios en español Si desea que alguien le interprete este boletín en su idioma, por favor comuníquese con Gene Acevedo, Director de Relaciones Públicas Nellie Zavala, Maestra en Trabajo Social Josie Minor, Maestra en Trabajo Social

(209) 957-3888

What is the Legacy League? Barbara Pombo Development Director

The Hospice of San Joaquin wishes to express gratitude to donors now, for contributions that will provide hospice care for the community in the future. This can be as straightforward as naming Hospice of San Joaquin in one’s will or living trust. (above) From left to right – back to front: Rose Romero, RN; Lori Lindeman, LVN; Priscillah Harris, HHA; Tommy Hart, LVN; Kristi Lobb, RN; Edee Singer, RN; Linda Parker, HHA; Amanda McKelvey, RN; Jerrye Wright RN; Karen Edmonson LVN; Pam Byrne, RN; Gail Wigley, RN, Director of Clinical Services; Cheryl Berglund, RN; Barbara Gregory, RN; Anitra DeRamous, RN; Mary Atkins, LVN; Oscar Albino, HHA; Thea Moore, HHA; Shirley Starling, RN; Joy Sakata, HHA; Laura Pinola, RN; Angela Daniel, CNA; Mursha Juan, LVN; Jean Obrion, LVN; Kimberly Martinsdias, HHA; Barbara Buchanan, LVN; Robbin Panko, HHA; Verna Baker, Cook.

(left) Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary volunteer Molly Hanby, serves tea to Gayle Riley, during the Champaign and English Tea Fundraiser on April 12, 2008 at Church of Presentation’s Guadalupe Hall. (below) Anne Athayde (standing) converses with Bill and Lavina Logsdon at the 2008 Hospice of San Joaquin Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, May 2, 2008 at The Reserve at Spanos Park, North Stockton. PHOTOS BY TIM ULMER


The donor of a ‘planned gift’ is encouraged to notify Hospice of San Joaquin of his/her intent. The notification of intention and action to implement this plan, is all that is needed to become a Hospice of San Joaquin Legacy League Member. Those who name the Hospice of San Joaquin in their wills, living trusts or other estate planning vehicle, i.e., insurance policy beneficiary, charitable remainder or lead trust, and so forth, will be recognized “today” for gifts that will come to the Hospice of San Joaquin in the future. Legacy League Members will be invited to the Annual Recognition Dinner and will receive special mailings and other invitations. (See Legacy League Membership form.) The membership form is a vehicle for Hospice to identify and recognize our donors of deferred gifts. Hospice of San Joaquin encourages our donors to seek the advice of their professional advisers when considering a major or planned gift. In offering a variety of gifting options, Hospice of San Joaquin strives to meet the needs and expectations of our donors and their families as well as secure the future of hospice care for this community. This donor-agency partnership in this endeavor is invaluable. Hospice of San Joaquin’s on-going program services are truly sustained by the generosity of supporters. To further explore your wishes to support Hospice of San Joaquin or to request materials on specific topics, please call (209) 957-3888.

Nellie Zavalla, Hospice of San Joaquin MSW gets inducted to the San Joaquin County Mexican American Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony will be held at the Stockton Grand Hotel on Saturday, August 23, 2008. PHOTO BY MONICA RADRIGAN

Upcoming Events Saturday, July 26, 2008 Truckin’ For Hospice Annual motorcycle and auto rally fundraiser benefiting both Hospice of San Joaquin and Community Hospice. The 100 mile ride begins in Stockton, through Sierra Foothills and ends at Community Hospice in Modesto. Open to the public For more information: Glenn Richardson, Delta Truck Center, (209) 983-2400

Thursday, August 7, 2008 The Importance of Communication —“Making our Wishes Known” Discover the value of communicating end-of-life wishes, before a crisis. Learn how to communicate your choices for care. Develop a plan to make your wishes known. Help your loved ones to express their wishes. Doctors Hospital of Manteca 1205 E. North Street, Manteca, CA Information at (800) 470-7229

Saturday, August 16, 2008 Moonlight Sip & Stroll Capture the moonlight ambiance and enjoy a summer’s evening stroll while wine and brew tasting and sampling a large assortment of fine foods Heron Lakes Drive, Brookside, Northe Stockton $50 advance tickets, $60 at the door For more information: The Butterfly Auxiliary (209) 922-0380

Friday, September 26, 2008 • 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Down the Beatin’ Path: Women’s Health Matters Presented by Regional Continuity of Care Council, San Joaquin Delta College Nursing Department, and proudly sponsored by the Hospice of San Joaquin San Joaquin Delta College, South Forum • Stockton, CA Information at (209) 477-9480

Saturday September 6, 2008 7:30 am to 3pm Best Practices in Pain Management & End of Life Care A conference for Physicians, Nurses and Social Workers Presented by Lodi Memorial Hospital & Hospice of San Joaquin Continental Breakfast & Buffet Lunch Provided Hutchins Street Square 125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi For more information contact: Donna Schulz, Director of Nurse Education, Lodi Memorial Hospital (209) 642-4985 Audrey Wuerl, Nurse Educator, Hospice of San Joaquin (209) 957-3888

LIVE! At Lincoln Center

benefiting Hospice of San Joaquin and other non-profits FRIDAY, AUGUST 22nd Crusin’ Classic Car Show Once again look forward to the largest attended event to return to Lincoln Center. The classic car show is a Stockton favorite that showcases hundreds of classic cars. This year on the main stage you will be able to enjoy the music of noted singer, Joni Morris. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th A ZINFUL EVENING Lincoln Center partners with Lodi wineries to offer wine tasting and gift basket raffles. All proceeds to benefit several local charities.

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