Accounting for care
Kevin Gilmore is the first person to say that he’s a numbers guy. A licensed CPA who recently completed his 36th tax season, he’s spent his entire career working with audits and balance sheets.
So it’s not surprising that numbers attracted Kevin to Mission Hospice. In 2008, Kevin learned of an opportunity to help our organization with accounting, and he saw this as “a chance to get connected with the community.”
He was already pretty well connected to the community. A native San Franciscan, he met his future wife, Robin, at a volleyball tournament when she was on the college team at USF. They continued to play volleyball together while raising their three children, and spent many years coaching their volleyball teams. Today, when he’s not working, he’s often on the golf links, or fly fishing near their family home in the Sierra foothills.
Kevin began his career with a firm in South San Francisco. Nearly 12 years ago, he founded Gilmore & Associates in San Mateo, specializing in financial services for construction companies, professional service firms, and nonprofits.
While Kevin had spent years working closely with his corporation’s nonprofit clients, he’d never been on a board before he joined Mission Hospice. Smiling, he says, “this was my chance to be on the other side.”
Together with his co-Treasurer Michael Teuschel, Kevin now works closely with our financial and administrative staff on budgeting and reporting procedures, tax returns, and our annual audit.
Quiet and soft-spoken, he’s the first to admit that he didn’t know much about hospice when he first got involved with the organization. “My mom is a nurse,” he explains. “I grew up hearing her stories of people dying in the hospital, plugged into machines and with tubes and wires everywhere, and she made it clear to me that she didn’t want that.”
“But all I knew about hospice,” he continues, “is that it helps people die in a peaceful way, and helps families cope. I didn’t know much more than that.”
Today, after eight years of volunteer service on our board – and personal experience with hospice care in his own family – Kevin is a true believer.
In early 2015, Robin’s mother was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. When a Mission Hospice nurse visited her in the hospital and explained that hospice care meant she could go home with Robin and Kevin, she responded, “Do I really get to do this? It’s like a gift.”
Reflecting on the time this gave them together as a family, Kevin agrees that it was a gift – for all of them. “As soon as people have the experience of hospice care,” he says, “they understand the value.”
He’s happy to use his professional expertise to support this experience for other patients and families. “As important as the numbers are to me, I know that’s not the focus of the medical staff – they need to focus on the patients,” he says. “My role as a board member is to make sure the business is healthy so we can continue to serve people in the future.”