Committed to Our Community
We are filled with appreciation and gratitude. The generosity of our community allows us to care for those who have serious and life-limiting illness; to support them through the end of life and to comfort their grieving families. We are grateful for the compassionate, expert care our teams provide and the courage and professionalism they demonstrate each and every day.
Dedicated to Care
Our goal is to provide care and support for our patients medical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We are committed to providing exceptional care to patients and their families, however they define “family”, regardless of their race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Devoted to the Entire Family
Last fall we launched our Concurrent Care for Children program which supports children living with a life-limiting illness. Care is provided at home where each child can be surrounded by family and the things that are familiar and matter most to them. Our interdisciplinary care team includes a Pediatric Medical Director, Patient Care Manager, Nurse, Licensed Social Worker, Spiritual Care Counselor, and Music Therapist who work together to provide home-based pain and symptom management to assist with physical, emotional, and spiritual health issues. Children may continue to seek life sustaining and curative treatments while receiving home-based comfort care. Our goal is to optimize quality of life and center the child’s and family’s goals.
True to Our Mission
Our work is guided by our nonprofit mission to serve all members of our community and encircle those facing the end of life with comfort, compassion, and expertise. We frame all decisions, strategies, personnel, and programs with the single focus on what is best for patients and families. Your extraordinary support continues to help us navigate the increasingly complex healthcare landscape, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of recent area fires.
Key Financial Information^ as of June 30, 2020
*CARES Act Provider Relief Fund for
healthcare providers on the front lines
of the coronavirus response.
Honored to Serve
Our team-oriented approach is tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes, delivering medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support, as well as addressing family needs. This year we were recognized for the second year in a row as a Hospice Honors Recipient, a national award recognizing excellence in hospice care from the caregiver’s point of view, scoring above the national average in every category. Caregivers have cast their votes and Hospice of Santa Cruz County remains the most recommended hospice provider in Santa Cruz County.
Humbled by Your Generosity
March came in like a lion and stayed. Shelter in place, limited access to patients, families affected by job loss, and PPE shortages brought new meaning to patience and adaptability. When we asked for help, you were there every step of the way providing funds for telehealth, PPE, and our Employee Emergency Fund. Your investment in the safety of our clinical teams provided encouragement, confidence, and a safety net.
Thank you to all who gave to this initiative including:
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Hospice Giving Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs
Central California Alliance for Health
Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust
Pajaro Valley Quilters Association
Grateful for Our Friends
One of the unsung heroes of Hospice of Santa Cruz County is an energetic group of volunteers who believe that all members of our community deserve to live and die with dignity. For nearly four decades, the Friends of Hospice have volunteered countless hours of their time and collaborated to raise over $2,700,000 in support of Hospice of Santa Cruz County. The Friends of Hospice put the fun in fundraising, bringing the community together for events that support Music Therapy, Camp Erin©, Grief Support, Palliative Care, Concurrent Care for Children, and Community Education. We look forward to continuing to partner with the Friends of Hospice and to the time when we can all get together at events as soon as it’s safe to do so.