Mission Hospice co-founds California Hospice Network

California Hospice Network logoStatewide coalition of nonprofit hospices is dedicated to providing exceptional end-of-life care

Together with Hospice of Santa Cruz County and The Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego, Mission Hospice & Home Care announces the formation of the California Hospice Network – a strategic partnership committed to sustaining local, nonprofit, community-based hospice care throughout California. These organizations, respected health care leaders in their communities, are committed to working, sharing, and planning together to further enhance their delivery of exemplary patient care and end-of-life services.

Mission Hospice will continue to operate as a distinct and independent nonprofit, mission-driven hospice and palliative care organization, while working together with the California Hospice Network member partners to share best practices, maximize operational economies and efficiencies, and ensure long term viability within a changing healthcare environment.

“While all hospices provide federally-mandated quality care, nonprofit hospices provide exceptional care and a broader array of services – including community grief support, education, complementary therapies, and transitional care – that are driven and supported by the local community,” explained Lisa Deal, CEO of Mission Hospice. “Of the 1100 licensed hospice locations in California, less than seven percent are nonprofit. It’s imperative that we work together to continue giving our communities the care they deserve.”

Local leadership and Board of Directors will remain unchanged. “As longtime San Mateo and Santa Clara County residents, our local board and management team will continue to direct Mission Hospice in meeting the unique needs of our community,” said Dr. Robert Roe, Mission Hospice Board Chair.

The goal of the California Hospice Network is to provide strategic and operational support to local, community-based nonprofit hospice providers, and to develop an affiliate geographic footprint that serves a significant percentage of the California population.

Jan Jones, RN, BSN, will be CEO of the California Hospice Network. Jones is a recognized leader in the hospice and palliative care movement, with more than three decades of experience in the health care industry and a strong background in managing community-based hospice programs and services. She currently serves as CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego. Along with the California Hospice Network Board of Directors, Jones will be recruiting additional nonprofit hospice partners to strengthen the network’s reach and scale.

Mission Hospice remains committed to providing exemplary end-of-life care and education to our community. Mission Hospice will continue to rely on local philanthropy, which will remain local and be used to support community programs such as charitable care, community education and outreach, community grief support, palliative and transitional care, complementary therapies, and internship opportunities.