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Community Hospice Inc. Announces Name Change

October 18, 2023

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | |

Growing Together Because Every Journey Matters
Community Hospice, Inc. Announces Name Change

Modesto (October 18, 2023) – As the premier nonprofit hospice and support services organization
dedicated to service excellence and enhancing the quality of life for our community members facing various life-changing journeys, we are pleased to announce the launch of Community Hospice & Health Services, a rebrand that reflects and aligns all programs and services offered. Formerly known as Community Hospice, Inc., Community Hospice & Health Services aims to unite all programs under one name and embodies the mission of the organization to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all.

“After several years of diligent research our Leadership team with the support of our Board of Directors have decided to move forward with a rebrand for our beloved organization,” said Alisa Bettis, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The timing of our rebranding could not be more perfect as we begin to celebrate our 45th Anniversary. Our unwavering commitment to helping our friends and neighbors when needed most has been maintained as our primary focus. We have identified new needs throughout the years and developed and adapted programs to ensure we continue to be there for our community members. We are very excited to unveil our rebrand as we feel it is critical to move our mission forward, while also honoring our legacy.”

Over the past 45 years, Community Hospice & Health Services has grown from our humble beginnings as a small all volunteer-based hospice organization serving Stanislaus County. Programs today include hospice care, supportive palliative care, pediatrics care programs, bereavement support for hospice families, outpatient mental health counseling, school-based counseling, and Camp Wokini, a youth grief camp formerly known as Camp Erin of the Central Valley. The organization also has a Durable Medical Equipment division and retail operations divisions including seven Hope Chest Thrift Stores throughout the Central Valley. Today, services are provided in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and parts of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

“One of our primary rebranding goals was accessibility to all Community Hospice & Health Services programs. What we learned from our many focus groups was that many people think we only offer hospice care, they were surprised to learn we offer many other support programs. By aligning all our programs under one name we hope that our community members find ease in accessing additional resources they may not know are available,” shared Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations. “Our rebrand will include the new brand name, website, social media channels and a ‘Growing Together Because Every Journey Matters’ campaign.”

In position with the rebranding efforts, the Community Hospice Foundation, which was founded in 2001 to raise funds to support the organizations vital resources and compassionate mission, will also be rebranded to Community Hospice & Health Services Foundation.

Community Hospice & Health Services looks forward to providing the same compassionate and quality care and support they have provided throughout the years. The vision for the organization remains the same, to be the Provider of Excellence in quality care, education, and support. As we look towards the next 45 years, we are committed to continuing to evolve with our community, enhancing quality of life for

Please join Community Hospice & Health Services for a 45th Anniversary Open House celebration on November 16, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

To learn more about Community Hospice & Health Services programs or to learn how you may get involved, visit or call 209.578.6300.

Community Hospice & Health Services Mission:
To embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all.

About Community Hospice & Health Services
Community Hospice & Health Services is a nonprofit, community-based agency, serving the Central Valley since 1979. Community Hospice & Health Services embraces more than 2,500 patients and families each year providing support through vital programs including hospice and palliative care for adults and pediatrics, general inpatient care at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, bereavement support, outpatient mental health counseling for adults and children, and Camp Wokini, a youth camp for children and teens who have experiences loss. For more information about Community Hospice & Health Services programs call 209.578.6300 or visit

Light Up A Life 2022

December 5, 2022

On December 4, 2022, the Friends of Community Hospice celebrated the 37th Annual Light Up A Life Tree Lighting event held at Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center. Community members joined us for this special evening to honor loved ones that live in our hearts and celebrate the light they brought to our lives. To learn more about Light Up A Life, call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209.578.6370.

Community Hospice Foundation Announces Appointments to Board of Directors

June 24, 2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Foundation Announces Appointments to Board of Directors

Modesto (June 23, 2022)– Community Hospice Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the patients and families of Community Hospice, announces the appointment of two community leaders to its Board of Directors.

Joining the Community Hospice Foundation Board of Directors for an initial three-year term is Erika Mendoza, Senior Technical Project/Program Manager of AT&T Operations, Inc., San Ramon/Modesto and Melissa Williams, Public Affairs Manager of Modesto Irrigation District.

Click here to read more. CHF Announces New Board Members- Erika Mendoza and Melissa Williams

Community Hospice Foundation Celebrates 20th Annual Gala Offering Route 66 Road Trip Experience

May 21, 2021


For Immediate Release        

Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Foundation Celebrates 20th Annual Gala Offering Route 66 Road Trip Experience

Modesto, Calif. (May 21, 2021) – On May 15, 2021 over 330 community members took a journey down Route 66 at the Community Hospice Foundation 20th Annual Gala. Held in the airport district at Ann Endsley’s 3400 Finch Road industrial park, guest traveled in their cars through the parking lot from Chicago to sunny Santa Monica guided by a mobile app. Guest enjoyed the amazing sites and entertainment and had the opportunity to learn more about the important programs offered by Community Hospice. Trip admission included delicious appetizers, a multi-course take-home dinner prepared by Greens with wine pairings and other special surprises and goodies. Open to the public was an online auction through Handbid and a chance to participate in a Raffle Drawing for a brand-new Toyota Corolla thanks to our community partner Modesto Toyota.

Several community members were recognized for their dedicated service and support in advancing the organization’s mission. The Julio R. and Aileen Gallo Leadership Award was awarded to Mr. Jim and Mrs. Lisa Cogdill for their passionate commitment and enthusiastic leadership. The Honorable Tom and Mrs. Grace Van Groningen were awarded the John and June Rogers Philanthropic Award for embodying the heart of hospice by giving and raising funds to assure that the mission of Community Hospice continues, regardless of the patient’s or family’s ability to pay. The Harold A. Peterson, III Heart of Hospice Award was presented to Dr. Larry and Mrs. Nancy Podolsky for their long-standing commitment to the mission of Community Hospice. To learn more about our award recipients visit, Community Hospice Awards – YouTube.

This year’s Honk for Hospice (cash for the cause) was to raise needed funds to support Camp Erin® of the Central Valley. Thanks to our generous community, Honk for Hospice raised necessary funds to support many children in our community who have experienced a loss.

Community Hospice Foundation Executive Director, Melissa Van Diepen said, “This year’s gala was very special, and we are all delighted with the outcome. The public health emergency crisis pushed us to think outside the box when it came to our Gala. We were certain we wanted to continue to hold our event as it is crucial in supporting our services and programs, but also recognized that it would have to look completely different than prior years to keep everyone safe. The result was our Route 66 Road Trip Experience which would not have been possible without our amazing Co-Chairs, committee members, staff, volunteers and guests. Ultimately, we celebrated our 20th Annual Gala with our community friends, enjoyed some delicious entertainment and food and most importantly raised funds to support the mission of Community Hospice. We are humbled and grateful for the continued dedication and generosity our community members. We are looking forward to next year’s Gala and hope everyone saves the date, May 21, 2022.”

The 20th Annual Anniversary Celebration Gala was a great success raising more than $277,000 to support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice.

 About Community Hospice Foundation

Community Hospice Foundation is a community-based nonprofit, raising awareness and funds to support the patients and families of Community Hospice.

About Community Hospice

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit  ###