Caregiver Spotlight

Caregivers support and encourage, offering solace, care, and comfort. Here, as a way of expressing our gratitude, we shine a light on caregivers, those generous professionals who help you and your family every day. As you will learn from each Caregiver Spotlight, it all begins with caring.

Sunny Underwood
Meet Sunny Underwood
Palliative Care Director, Hazel Hawkins Hospital Hollister, CA

Sunny Underwood started working with palliative care in 2006 and became the coordinator in 2010.  During her 8 years experience in this critical program, Sunny has made great headway in educating Hospital employees and the general public about the availability and importance of end-of-life services, including palliative care.  Sunny recently received training to allow her to provide facilitation and counseling for the Hazel Hawkins Hospital grief support groups.  She is now a “Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.”

Maryam Finnigan
Meet Maryam Finnigan

"Life is enjoyable, while death is peaceful. I believe that there is a time to support life, and there is another time to support death and there is nothing wrong with either."

Ruth Emerson
Meet Ruth Emerson
Social Worker, Care Coordinator, Coastal Kids Home Care

Ruth Emerson joined Coastal Kids in 2011. She wasn’t looking for a job. She was looking for a vocation, and we believe she found it. From day one, Ruth indelibly changed Coastal Kids’ ability to provide excellent care to the children and families we serve. She immersed herself in our pediatric palliative care program and immediately became an indispensable member of our clinical team.

Ruth says, "I joined Coastal Kids because I feel very strongly that children deserve to have the same services at the end of life as adults and I am so happy to be a part of making that happen."

Featured Supporters

  • Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
  • Ruth Ann Rosenberg
  • Rabobank
  • Tanimura and Antle
  • Sand Dollar Charitable Foundation
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • Ireland Family Trust
  • Estate of Laurel Dorothy Schumann
  • Exclusive Resorts
  • Chevron
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County

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