$1.1 Million in Grants Announced – Milestone Topped

Posted: October 23, 2012
Eleven local nonprofits that provide hospice and other end-of-life care services receive financial help from Hospice Foundation with its announcement of $1.1 million in total grants to their programs over the next 12 months.

This sum tops a milestone of more than $20 million given locally by Hospice Foundation in its 15-year history, all to improve the community’s access to end-of-life care in Monterey and San Benito counties.

Receiving this year’s grants are:

• Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula – $441,250

In-home hospice care and specialized inpatient care, including $4,650 specifically for hospice care at Westland House in Monterey.

• Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice – $250,000

In-home end-of-life care and support services for adults.

• Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services – $75,000
• Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition
Partnership for Children Program – $50,000
• Coastal Kids Home Care – $100,000

With their funding, these agencies work together to care for critically ill and dying children at home with nursing care, pain and symptom control, and emotional, practical and grief support for their families.

• Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, San Benito County – $55,395

Specialized end-of-life care and support services.

• Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services – $40,000

Emotional care at the end of life for persons with AIDS, and their families or caregivers.

• Compassionate Care Alliance – $40,000

Educational sessions for physicians, other health care providers, and local residents about the end of life.

• Catholic Charities – $20,000

Grief counseling sessions for low-income residents of Monterey County.

• Natividad Medical Foundation – $20,000

Development of multi-media educational information about end-of-life care for patients and families at Natividad Medical Center.

• Hospice of Santa Cruz County – $25,000

$10,000 for in-home hospice patient care and bereavement services for residents in North Monterey County, and $15,000 for the We Honor Veterans outreach in collaboration with CCVNA & Hospice, Inc.

“All of these hospice and end-of-life care providers turn to us for help as they face cuts from government and private insurance payors, even as their costs rise,” said Siobhan Greene, president and CEO of Hospice Foundation.

“Without our funding, these nonprofits would severely reduce services or eliminate them altogether. At one of the most profound times of life—at the end of life–community members would not have the kind of care they need. No one wants that to happen,” Siobhan said.

“But, here’s Hospice Foundation’s own challenge: We are only able to fund these organizations at this level–ensuring these services remain available–because of community donations and support,” Siobhan added.

“This network of end-of-life nonprofits depends on our help. We look to the community to help us with that, across this spectrum of care providers. It’s a vitally important local mission–for all of us. We, as a community, need to work together to protect the availability of these services.”

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Funding Highlights Over the Years

Since 1998, the first year it made grants, Hospice Foundation has helped start up end-of-life palliative care programs in four regional hospitals: Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Natividad Medical Center and Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Hospice Foundation also funded the start-up of hospice services in rural South County, and children’s special care services throughout the two-county region. It has led the effort to bring nonprofits, agencies and government entities together to improve access to care by convening or funding dozens of local educational forums.