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Community Hospice Announces Resignation of President/CEO C.DeSha McLeod

September 30, 2021

For Immediate Release

Contacts: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Announces Resignation of President/CEO C. DeSha McLeod Modesto, CA (September 29, 2021) – The Community Hospice, Inc. Board of Directors announced the resignation of Ms. C. DeSha McLeod as President/CEO effective Friday, September 24, 2021.

Ms. McLeod has made the difficult decision to pursue a new opportunity out of state which allows her to be closer to her family. She shared, “It has been an honor to serve as the leader of Community Hospice and its affiliates these past years. I am truly grateful for my time and the opportunity to work with the amazing staff, volunteers and Boards in service to our community. I am most proud of Community Hospice being awarded one of the Best Places to Work in the Central Valley for four consecutive years.”

She joined Community Hospice in 2013 and during her eight-year tenure Ms. McLeod guided her staff to successfully develop, expand and implement the following:

  • Community Care Choices, a palliative care program focused on enhancing quality of life for individuals facing a serious illness.
  • Expansion of specialized Pediatric Care Programs, offering hospice and palliative care services to children and families in our community.
  • Camp Erin® of the Central Valley, a grief camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the loss of someone close.
  • Hope Counseling, therapeutic support for individuals with family, mental health and behavioral issues.
  • Expansion of Retail Operations opening Hope Chest Thrift Store locations in Stockton and Turlock.
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, communication platforms and other technologicalefficiencies.“On behalf of the members of the Community Hospice Board, we share our gratitude for DeSha’s invaluable contribution and dedication to the mission of the organization,” said Mrs. Susan Donker, Community Hospice Board Chair. “We support her decision and wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors.”

    Mr. John Renner, Director of Operations has been named Interim President/CEO effective immediately. Mr. Renner has been employed with Community Hospice for more than 18 years and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership team.

    “The Board has complete confidence in John as the Interim President/CEO,” added Mrs. Donker. “Along with John’s dedication and years of service at Community Hospice he has proven sound judgement, outstanding performance and compassion for the mission.”

    The Board has appointed a selection committee to spearhead the recruitment of a new President/CEO.

    About Community Hospice

    Community Hospice is the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving thecommunity since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors, embracing individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to more than 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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Golf Fore Community Hospice 2021

September 22, 2021

Thanks to all who helped to make our Golf Fore Community Hospice 2021 event a success. Golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and staff, we appreciate you!

Community Hospice Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

August 25, 2021

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

 Community Hospice Foundation Welcomes Mrs. Francine Foley as New Executive Director

 Modesto (August 24, 2021) – Community Hospice Foundation a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the patients and families of Community Hospice, is pleased to announce Mrs. Francine Foley as their new Executive Director.

Mrs. Foley has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years. She brings to the Community Hospice Foundation strong experience and expertise in leadership and management, with extensive relationship and fund development skills.

“Community Hospice is delighted to welcome Mrs. Francine Foley to our organization and look forward to her serving as our Foundation Executive Director,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “Mrs. Foley is a mission driven and a respected member of our community who exudes positive energy, passion for nonprofit work and compassion for the mission of Community Hospice. I am confident she will provide strong leadership for our Board members, donors, Friends of Community Hospice auxiliary members, staff and volunteers.”

Before joining Community Hospice Foundation, Mrs. Foley served 14 years as the CEO of United Way of Stanislaus County playing a critical role in the development and success of the organization. Prior to United Way she served 8 years as the Executive Director of the Parent Resource Center. Mrs. Foley holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration-Nonprofit from the University of San Francisco.

The Community Hospice Foundation is comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors as well as the Friends of Community Hospice auxiliary; both groups serve to raise funds and awareness of Community Hospice through diverse channels such as planned gifts, memorial donations and special events.

 About Community Hospice Foundation
The Community Hospice Foundation is a charitable organization established in 2001 to raise funds and awareness for Community Hospice.

 About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors, embracing individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to more than 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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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 | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 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 hospiceheart.org.  ###