Cindi Gill, RN, BSN, CHCM, CHPN
With a ready smile and positive attitude, Cindi Gill exudes warmth. A self-described “people-person,” she’s taken quickly to her new job as Director of Advanced Care at Mission Hospice. She’s absolutely dedicated to her team and their patients, and knows that creating a supportive environment is the key.
Cindi has lived in the Bay Area her entire life, so it’s no surprise she’s found her home at an organization dedicated to serving her community. Born at Mills Hospital, she was raised in Burlingame, earned her RN degree at USF, and now lives in her hometown. Cindi’s office photos and conversation are filled with her family – her mother, husband, and three grown children.
Still, her path didn’t lead her to Mission Hospice right away. After working as a plastic surgery nurse for 20 years, Cindi found a new challenge working as an oncology case manager at Peninsula Hospital. This was her first experience working in acute care, and she welcomed the intensity and the challenge.
On the oncology floor, Cindi got to know a number of Mission Hospice staffers as they cared collaboratively for cancer patients. “I could see that Mission Hospice really put the patient first,” Cindi said. And when the opportunity arose to join the organization as Director of Advanced Care, she jumped at it.
This program, also known as Home Care, serves homebound patients, many of whom suffer from heart trouble or who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment. “Our goal with these patients,” Cindi says, “is to keep them from being readmitted to the hospital.”
“It’s so great to be able to care for patients in their homes,” Cindi says. “We can see how they live and what their support system is – not just what they tell you, but what is really going on.” The Advanced Care team includes five nurses, along with a number of medical social workers, home health aides, and physical and occupational therapists – with support from our Medical Directors and chaplains.
“The beauty of Mission Hospice and our continuum of care is that a nurse can stay with a patient throughout the disease process – even if someone moves from home care to hospice,” Cindi says. “What we offer here at Mission Hospice – caring for the whole patient – is really special. Word is getting out, and our program is growing, which is very gratifying.”